Now, just two games after his return, he’s sidelined again.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that center Al Jefferson will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow to address a tear in the lateral meniscus of his right knee. Earlier today, Jefferson underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which revealed the injury.
The procedure will be completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Jefferson’s recovery time is expected to be approximately six weeks.
If Jefferson sits six weeks, he’d miss 24 games.
Charlotte has scored only a tick better and defended fairly worse with Jefferson on the court. But Jefferson stabilizes the rotation. The Hornets’ main lineup – which also includes Kemba Walker, P.J. Hairston, Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams – has performed much better with Jefferson than Zeller. Charlotte is 12-7 when Jefferson plays and and 5-6 when he doesn’t.
Charlotte is 17-13, but in a surprisingly strong Eastern Conference, that’s just outside playoff position. At this point, merely not losing ground would be a worthwhile goal for these next six weeks. Then, Jefferson could help the Hornets make their final push.