Bobcats' May upbeat despite second knee surgery

1/20/2006 - NBA Sean May Charlotte Bobcats + more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sean May hobbled into the interview room
on crutches while his teammates warmed up on the court. It's not
the way the rookie envisioned his first season with the
Charlotte Bobcats.

May is out a minimum of six weeks after having a second surgery
on his right knee Thursday.

"Having two knee surgeries in your first year in the league was
not something I expected," May said. "I just want to get back

The power forward first underwent surgery on his right knee in
September. He said doctors decided to leave part of the damaged
cartilage in his knee, thinking it would heal.

But May continued to be plagued by knee pain. He played in the
first 13 games, then missed three in a row. He returned to play in
10 more games before being shelved for 13.

"There were some games and times where I felt I was coming into
my own," said May, who was averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.
"And then there were times where I was so discouraged. I wasn't
able to jump, or move and cut. That's when I knew the knee was
hampering the way I was playing, which wasn't good for me or this

May also said his father, former NBA player Scott May, urged his
son to be cautious after knee problems ended his own career

Doctors determined this week that the damaged cartilage was not
healing, and a second surgery was performed to remove it.

It's the second serious injury for Sean May. He missed 25 games
in his freshman season at North Carolina with a broken foot but
recovered to become a dominant college player. He was chosen as the
Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four in March after leading
the Tar Heels to the national championship.

"It gave me motivation that summer and made me a lot
hungrier," May said of his college injury. "When I get back
healthy now, I'm ready to show that I belong and have a great
sophomore season."

May has not ruled out a return this season, but Bobcats coach
and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff, who selected May with the
13th pick in last year's draft, hinted the team may shut him down
for the season.

"We can't rush him, he's going to take his time and do it
right," Bickerstaff said.

May is confident he will overcome his setback.

"I know I'm going to have a long, outstanding career in the
NBA," May said. "That side of it I'm not too worried about."