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Redd out for rest of season

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Associated Press
January 12, 2010
— Michael Redd’s first season with a surgically repaired left knee ended the same way his previous one did.

Redd tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee for the second time in less than a year on Sunday night in the second quarter of Milwaukee’s 95-77 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.


An MRI on Monday in Phoenix revealed the injury, which will require surgery. The Bucks guard previously had surgery in March after tearing the same ligaments last January.


“It’s hard to explain the emotions that I’m feeling,” Redd said in a statement. “I know the amount of hard work it will take for me to get back to playing and helping our team, but I will continue to put my trust in God to get me though this.”


Redd, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, had mostly struggled this season. He had already missed 16 games this year with knee soreness and was averaging just 11.9 points in 18 games, 12 starts.


“We are deeply disappointed for Michael, who worked so hard to make it back from this injury,” general manager John Hammond said.


The injury casts doubt on his long-term future in Milwaukee.


The 30-year-old Redd has a player option worth $18.3 million remaining on his $90 million contract signed in 2005, but he will have missed 152 games over the previous four seasons going into 2010-11.


Redd was a second-round pick by Milwaukee in 2000.


When healthy, Redd has been the Bucks’ top offensive threat, averaging 20.3 points per game for his career and moving up this season to fourth on the franchise’s career scoring list with 11,510 points.



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