Jefferson out for remainder of the season

New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2004-05 season with a ruptured ligament in his left wrist, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.Jefferson is due to have surgery within the next few weeks, after which time he will be in a cast for two months, followed by two months of rehabilitation.

“This is a huge blow for us,” said Thorn. “Richard was having an All-Star year, and would probably want to continue to play. But the prudent course of action is to have surgery, which will keep him out for the rest of this season. Our medical staff has assured us that this injury is not career-threatening, and that Richard should be in excellent shape for the start of the 2005 campaign.”

In his fourth season with the Nets, Jefferson averaged team-highs of 22.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg through the first 33 games of the season. He ranked 11th in the NBA in scoring, 5th in minutes per game (41.1), 8th in free throws made (227) and 10th in free throw attempts (269). In a total of 274 games, Jefferson holds career averages of 15.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg, while shooting 47.8% from the field.

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