Knee surgery ends Pryzbilla's NBA season

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla will miss the rest of the NBA season following surgery on his badly-damaged right knee, the team said Friday.

The 7-foot-1 inch, 10-year veteran from Minnesota ruptured his right patella tendon and suffered a patella (knee cap) dislocation in Tuesday's 85-81 win at Dallas.


He joins 7-foot center Greg Oden among Portland's front court players on the injured list.

"Joel has been a pillar of our team," General Manager Kevin Pritchard said on Portland's Web site following Friday's surgery. "He is now on the road to recovery … and (we) look forward to his return next season."

In 30 games this season, Przybilla had averages of 4.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.

The oft-injured Oden underwent surgery this month to repair a fractured left patella.

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