Jordan will be out for at least 5 games

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan will have surgery on his injured right knee and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain, Washington Wizards coach Doug Collins said Tuesday.

Jordan was placed on the injured list for only the second time in his career, meaning he will miss at least five games, starting with Wednesday night's home game against Portland.

"Michael has decided to have an arthroscopic procedure. It will done in the next couple of days," Collins said. "Michael is very disappointed."

As Collins spoke, Jordan was meeting with team physician Dr. Stephen Haas, who will operate.


"He's got to go in there and just find out what's causing the irritation and why his knee is continuing to swell," Collins said. "And depending on how much work he has to do, that will be the deciding factor in how long Michael will be out."

Jordan's only previous major injury came in 1985, when he broke his left foot and missed 64 games in his second season with the Chicago Bulls. Other than his two retirements, he has not missed more than four games in a season since -- and he didn't miss any during his final three years in Chicago.

Jordan's knee has been giving him problems since he began workouts in preparation for his second comeback. The injury initially was diagnosed as tendinitis, and he had fluid drained from the knee at least three times, most recently before a game at Miami on Saturday. He also banged the knee in a collision with teammate Etan Thomas 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Team officials are now concerned there might be a more chronic, arthritic condition in the knee.

"I think (the surgery) would give him hope for next year," Collins said. "I think he knows that if he didn't have this done, he wouldn't be able to continue to play."

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