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Knee surgery for Battie

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BOSTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Veteran backup center Tony Battie of the Boston Celtics has had successful surgery on his right knee.

A report by the Boston Globe said the procedure was done at New England Hospital on May 15 and was performed by Dr. Arnold Scheller.

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The report said Battie's recovery would take 4-6 weeks, and that he had been hampered by knee problems throughout the season. The Globe also said he needed to take time off after back-to-back games, and could not complete stretches of four games in five nights.

"Something does have to get done when the season's over with because it doesn't look like it's going to get better on rehab alone," the Globe quoted Battie as saying after Boston was swept in four games by New Jersey in the semifinal rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

In 67 games this season, Battie averaged 7.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest. He was the fifth overall pick in the 1997 draft, when he was No. 1 by the Denver Nuggets.

In 378 career games with the Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Celtics, Battie has averaged 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.

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