Originally created 11/09/99

Rookie guard has torn knee cartilage



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets rookie point guard Baron Davis has a small piece of torn cartilage in his left knee but likely won't need surgery, the team said Monday night.

Davis, the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft, underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test Monday after complaining of pain and occasional locking in the joint during the Hornets' weekend road trip.

Dr. Glenn Perry, Charlotte's team physician, said the chipped-off piece of cartilage is so small that it likely will be absorbed. If Davis continues to have pain, the knee will be re-examined, Perry said.

Davis, the top backup to starter David Wesley, is expected to rejoin the Hornets for practice Tuesday and play in Wednesday night's home game against Milwaukee.

The injury is in the same knee where Davis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the 1998 NCAA tournament, ending his freshman season at UCLA. Davis returned last season and played 27 games for the Bruins before deciding to turn professional.