Granger dealing with knee injury from senior year

7/12/2005 - NBA Danny Granger Indiana Pacers + more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lingering soreness from an old knee injury
will keep first-round pick Danny Granger from playing with the
Indiana Pacers in the Minnesota summer league.

Granger tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee his senior
year at New Mexico. He missed three games and had surgery.

Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said Granger's knee is about 80
percent, but the 6-foot-8 forward won't compete in contact drills
until the knee is fully healthy.

"At this point, we've got to look at the big picture,"
Carlisle said. "You've got a guy who just turned 22, a guy who's
going to be a terrific player in this league for the next decade.
We can't put him in harm's way and try to rush him out there."

Granger, the 17th pick in last month's draft, said doctors told
him he could play, but the Pacers chose to hold him out.

"I'm a little disappointed," he said, "but [the coaches] were
telling me summer league didn't really matter. You know, I've
signed and everything. I've got 82 games as a rookie."