The feel-good story of the Western Conference took a twist when it was determined Bledsoe' right knee injury would require surgery. Originally ruled a sprain, an MRI revealed damage to the lateral meniscus. This diagnosis was particularly troublesome for Bledsoe who had previously needed surgery for a similar injury prior to the 2011-12 season. With the lockout in full swing, Bledsoe was unable to work with the Clippers medical staff, and his recovery took longer than anticipated. He missed 15 games to start the year and never looked like himself upon his return.
The most recent surgery performed was a debridement, meaning the piece of damaged menisci was removed rather than repaired. A meniscus removal is good for Bledsoe in the short-term as the recovery window is smaller and he has a chance to return this season. However, with the cartilage gone, the durability of the knee could be affected, raising questions about his long-term outlook. Chronic i
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