April 7, 2006

Celtics’ Szczerbiak out for the season

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Celtics forward Wally
Szczerbiak will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee
next week and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

A six-year NBA veteran, Szczerbiak has been bothered by
pain and swelling in his knee for the past several months. He
had an MRI scan on the knee Thursday.

"I know a bone bruise showed on the MRI that we didn't
foresee," Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe.

"The bone bruise made it more of an immediate need (to have
surgery). Finding out about it was disappointing. He was hoping
not to have surgery."

The Celtics acquired the 29-year-old Szczerbiak on January
26 in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was averaging
17.5 points for the Celtics in 32 games.

Szczerbiak is expected to be healthy when the Celtics begin
a training camp in October.

In other NBA news, forward Rashard Lewis of the Seattle
SuperSonics has been suspended without pay for one game after
pleading guilty to reckless driving, the league announced.

Lewis will sit out Friday night's road game against the
Portland Trail Blazers.