Blake Griffin Has Successful Knee Surgery

Jon StarSenior Writer IJanuary 20, 2010

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 31:  Injured number one draft pick Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers stands on the court during a time out in the game with the Dallas Mavericks on October 31, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Dallas won 93-84.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward and 2009 top overall pick Blake Griffin underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday to repair a non-displaced stress fracture of his left patella.

Griffin injured his knee during the Clippers' last preseason game on Oct. 23 and has not suited up since.  The operation took place at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Center in Los Angeles.

The surgery required a two-part solution to repair the patella tendon that was damaged when Griffin came down with a rebound.  The procedure was conducted by Dr. Neal El Attrache who said it "could not have gone better."

The expectation is that Griffin will start a rehab regimen that will take four to six months before he is fully ready for game action.

The injury and subsequent surgery is just another in a rash of knee injuries that have affected the 20-year-old rookie. In January 2008, Griffin sprained the MCL in his left knee. Two months later, Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair torn cartilage.

Griffin was a standout during the 2009 Summer League and was named Summer League MVP. At first it was thought the injury would only set him back weeks, but on Jan. 13 it was decided that the Clippers rookie needed surgery that ended his season.

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