Friday, June 16, 2006

Mata Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

By Bruin Basketball Report

Sophomore center Lorenzo Mata underwent arthoscopic surgery to remove a small tear in the medial meniscus of his right knee on Friday.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Gerald Finerman, the Bruin's team physician, at the UCLA Medical Center.

Mata had been experiencing pain in his right knee and an MRI showed an abnormality in his meniscus.

He should be able to resume normal basketball activities after a three to four week rehabilitation period.

Mata is expected to play in the latter part of the upcoming Nike L.A. ProCity League this summer.

On January 12th against Washington St. at Pauley Pavilion, Mata suffered a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture and missed 14 games but recovered in time to help the Bruins in the NCAA tournament.

Finerman commented the fracture has healed completely and there is no residual damage to the joint.

In 21 games last season, Mata averaged 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 14 minutes per contest. He is expected to anchor the UCLA frontcourt in the post next season.


(photo credit: AP)


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