Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins undergoes surgery to repair hip injury

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent surgery Thursday morning in Philadelphia to repair the hip injury that plagued him throughout the playoffs.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 12, 2012
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Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent surgery Thursday morning in Philadelphia to repair the hip injury that plagued him throughout the playoffs.

Perkins had said just after the season that the injury would not require surgery. But after a recent exam, it became clear that Perkins would need surgery to correct what team officials labeled a minor issue.

Perkins will miss three to four weeks of basketball activities while healing from surgery.

The injury, which the team listed as a right hip strain, occurred on May 5, late in the first quarter of Game 4 of the Thunder's first-round playoff series against Dallas. After spending nine days listed as day-to-day, Perkins reinjured himself on May 14 while attempting a dunk in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Perkins played through pain at various points throughout the playoffs, but after the Thunder was eliminated in the NBA Finals he said the injury “hasn't bothered me since about the Lakers series.”

ALDRICH, JACKSON SIT THURSDAY

Neither Cole Aldrich nor Reggie Jackson played in the Thunder's fourth game of the Orlando Pro Summer league on Thursday.

Both were held out to rest.

Aldrich and Jackson are two of only four players from the Thunder's summer league team who will be on the roster next season, but both were in street clothes on the bench to watch the Thunder's 87-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Both are expected to play in Friday's finale.

THABEET WILL NOT PLAY

Recently-signed center Hasheem Thabeet did not play Thursday and will not play Friday against Utah.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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