Seattle rookie guard to have abdominal operation

Updated: August 5, 2003, 9:07 PM ET

SEATTLE -- Seattle SuperSonics point guard Luke Ridnour, the 14th overall pick in the NBA draft, will undergo surgery to repair a severely pulled abdominal muscle.

Ridnour was to be operated on Wednesday in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers, a specialist at Drexel University's College of Medicine, the team said Tuesday.

Sonics general manager Rick Sund said Ridnour, who entered the draft after his junior season at Oregon when he was chosen Pac-10 player of the year, will be hospitalized for one day and then will be out 3-to-4 weeks before he can start jogging. He will be able to start running in five weeks, Sund said.

Sund said Ridnour should be ready to play when the Sonics open their training camp at the end of September.

"You can continue to go with rest, but you'll never know," Sund said. "Luke wanted to have the surgery and that's OK with us. This is what you want to do during the offseason rather than during the season."

Ridnour was injured during a pre-draft workout with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sonics knew he was hurt when he worked out with them, but they didn't know how seriously.

He was unable to play for the Sonics during the Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach, Calif.

Ridnour was the Sonics' second pick in the first round. Seattle selected him after taking Kansas forward Nick Collison with the 12th pick.

Ridnour averaged 19.7 points and 6.6 assists as a junior.

He is expected to be one of five guards with the Sonics when they start the regular season Oct. 30 against the Los Angeles Clippers in Japan.

The Sonics ended last season with Ray Allen at shooting guard and Brent Barry at point guard. In addition to Ridnour, they have Ronald Murray and Antonio Daniels. They signed Daniels as a free agent last month.

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