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Seattle rookie guard to have abdominal operation

8/5/2003 - NBA

SEATTLE -- Seattle SuperSonics point guard Luke Ridnour, the
14th overall pick in the NBA draft, will undergo surgery to repair
a severely pulled abdominal muscle.

Ridnour was to be operated on Wednesday in Philadelphia by Dr.
William Meyers, a specialist at Drexel University's College of
Medicine, the team said Tuesday.

Sonics general manager Rick Sund said Ridnour, who entered the
draft after his junior season at Oregon when he was chosen Pac-10
player of the year, will be hospitalized for one day and then will
be out 3-to-4 weeks before he can start jogging. He will be able to
start running in five weeks, Sund said.

Sund said Ridnour should be ready to play when the Sonics open
their training camp at the end of September.

"You can continue to go with rest, but you'll never know,"
Sund said. "Luke wanted to have the surgery and that's OK with us.
This is what you want to do during the offseason rather than during
the season."

Ridnour was injured during a pre-draft workout with the
Milwaukee Bucks. The Sonics knew he was hurt when he worked out
with them, but they didn't know how seriously.

He was unable to play for the Sonics during the Southern
California Summer Pro League in Long Beach, Calif.

Ridnour was the Sonics' second pick in the first round. Seattle
selected him after taking Kansas forward Nick Collison with the
12th pick.

Ridnour averaged 19.7 points and 6.6 assists as a junior.

He is expected to be one of five guards with the Sonics when
they start the regular season Oct. 30 against the Los Angeles
Clippers in Japan.

The Sonics ended last season with Ray Allen at shooting guard
and Brent Barry at point guard. In addition to Ridnour, they have
Ronald Murray and Antonio Daniels. They signed Daniels as a free
agent last month.