Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, The Oklahoman has learned.
Perkins is expected to resume full basketball activities in two weeks.
The scope, while considered routine for players with previous injuries, is not something Perkins envisioned needing this summer. He insisted at his exit interview in May that he didn't require any type of surgery this offseason. Perkins also said last month that he was “excited” about the prospects of finally going through a summer surgery-free.
“To be honest with you, I was excited about this summer, being able to work on my game,” Perkins said during an appearance at a team-sponsored youth camp. “This is my first summer without having surgery, so I'm just excited about it. I definitely didn't like how I finished the season this past season, or the postseason. I was kind of embarrassed about the way I played. So the only way to go about it is to go back to the drawing board, and I'm just treating this summer like I'm a rookie again.”
This is the second straight summer that Perkins underwent surgery after saying he wouldn't require it. Last July, Perkins had surgery to repair a partially torn right groin that plagued him throughout the 2012 postseason. He had previously said the injury wouldn't require surgery. One week later, Perkins had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Perkins also sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in February 2011 and had surgery in July 2010 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The latest procedure, which was performed in Oklahoma City, was done during what is customarily downtime for Perkins so that it wouldn't interfere with his workout schedule.
Perkins, 28, averaged 4.2 points, six rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocked shots last season. His postseason production dipped to 2.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks.