January 30, 2009

Knee surgery ends Desmond Mason’s season

Right knee surgery has ended the season of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Desmond Mason.

The former Oklahoma State star, a first-round pick by Seattle in the 2000 NBA draft, sustained a hyperextended right knee Wednesday in the Thunder's 114-102 overtime victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

An MRI revealed the extent of the injury, and team performed arthroscopic surgery Friday morning to remove the debris caused by the injury.

We are disappointed to lose Desmond for the remainder of the season, said Thunder executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Presti after Thursday's MRI. He is a valuable part of our efforts on and off the court. We will support Desmond and work with him throughout the rehabilitation process. Unfortunately, the timing of the injury does not allow Desmond to return this season.

The 6-foot-5 inch Mason, a fan favorite, averaged 7.5 points, four rebounds and 1.2 assists in 39 games.