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Kelenna Azubuike to have knee surgery to fix first surgery


This just sucks.

If you remember Kelenna Azubuike from when he was healthy with the Golden State Warriors, you remember saying to yourself “they may have something here.” Crazy athlete who was perfect for an up and down game. A guy who came to the Knicks in the David Lee trade and could have been the steal of that deal.

But he never recovered from a torn patellar tendon in 2009 and never saw the court with the Knicks, and now we know why — a botched surgery, according to the New York Post.

A Knicks source recently said the initial surgery went badly.

“They put his knee back together wrong,” the source said.

Last night, Azubuike confirmed on Twitter, “The 1st surgery in 09 wasn’t done right. Gettin it done right this time!”

This means an entire second round of major knee surgery rehab.

The Knicks bought him out, so he is a free agent. If the surgery and rehab go well, there will be a few teams willing to take another look at him.

Knicks buy out and waive Kelenna Azubuike

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Knicks fans should robbed.

Kelenna Azubuike was potentially a great fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. But the torn patellar tendon that robbed him of most of last season with the Warriors (he came east in the David Lee trade) has kept him off the court this entire season.

Monday night the Knicks bought out his contract and put him on waivers, according to a tweet from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. He was in the final year of a $3.3 million deal. Nobody will grab him because he is not ready to play right now.

Hopefully after the lockout he’ll be ready and will get a chance somewhere. He was an explosive athlete, hopefully this injury heals to the point that returns, as well.

The Knicks also waived Corey Brewer, which was more of a surprise. They are expected to bring Jared Jeffries in to fill one of those slots.