Robinson Tears Meniscus, Set For Surgery

While working out in New York on Tuesday, July 14 Brooklyn Nets offseason acquisition Thomas Robinson suffered a small tear in his meniscus.

He intends to recover quickly and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday, July 15. The Nets officially announced the injury via Twitter.

A timetable for the recovery has yet to be announced, but should become clearer after surgery tomorrow.

Multiple NBA players have undergone this form of surgery to their knees and have recovered well so for Robinson, there should be no concern surrounding the injury.

To name a few players, Timofey Mozgov, Joakim Noah, Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter and Derrick Rose have all been forced into this surgery after their respective knee injuries.

The surgery can be a common one in the offseason to alleviate pain in the knee after a season, or sometimes seasons of pain in the knees.

Mozgov and Kanter had the surgery this offseason and have an expected recovery timetable of six weeks. Although Noah underwent the same surgery last offseason his recovery timetable extended into the eight-12 week range.

Guards Westbrook and Rose went under the knife due to meniscus tears endured within a season and both returned during the same season of their injury.

Dr. Mark Drakos, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York suggests the surgery and injury are neither career threatening or damaging. “I would be encouraged in terms of the fact that a lot of these guys return to play at a high level,” Drakos said.

This offseason, Robinson signed a 2-year, $2 million deal with the Nets. Next season he will be paid the veterans minimum. No official team activities should occur before he recovers, assuming his tear mirrors the path of other players.

Update I:

Robinson sent out a tweet about his injury.

Hopefully he speaks the truth.

Update II:

Robinson underwent surgery, and is expected to be back for training camp.


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