Pondexter said Saturday that he expects the "cartilage replacement" procedure he underwent on his left knee in January will provide a "permanent fix" to the problems that have plagued him the last two seasons, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier. After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the knee following the Pelicans' postseason series loss to the Warriors last May, Pondexter was sidelined for the first half of the 2015-16 campaign, but was expected to debut at some point in January. That never materialized, however, as Pondexter's knee didn't respond to contact work as well as the Pelicans had hoped, forcing the forward to go under the knife a second time. Pondexter said that the new technique his surgeons utilized on the second procedure should remedy his knee issues, as he's already noticing plenty of progress in his recovery. The 28-year-old expects to be 100 percent healthy by the time training camp for the upcoming season begins in the fall.
Pondexter had surgery on his left knee Wednesday, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Pondexter's 2015-16 campaign officially comes to a close without an appearance on the ledger. After two procedures on his left knee in a nine-month span, he'll aim to be healthy in time for next season's opening tip.
Pondexter will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee Jan. 20, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. Pondexter had been unable to make any appearances this season despite allegedly nearing a return over this past week. He originally needed arthroscopic surgery in the offseason on the same knee which was the root of his current absence, but obviously things have taken a turn for the worse as he'll need further medical attention while Dante Cunningham, Alonzo Gee, Luke Babbitt, and Tyreke Evans continue seeing minutes at small forward.
Pondexter (knee) is listed as out against the Lakers Tuesday. Pondexter hasn't played yet this season, but he appears to be nearing his debut for the 2015-16 season he has been listed as questionable in the past week.Though he won't play Tuesday against the Lakers, look for him to become available sometime in the next two months.
Pondexter (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Clippers. Pondexter has yet to make his season debut, and will again remain on the sidelines Sunday. It's encouraging that he was listed as questionable all the way up until game day, but for now, he will continue to sit out. His next opportunity to play will be Tuesday versus the Lakers.
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