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Brown has surgery, may not be ready for training camp

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown
underwent reconstructive surgery on his left ankle Tuesday and
might not be ready for the start of training camp in October.

Kwame Brown

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The Lakers said that while Brown is expected to make a complete
recovery, he won't return to playing status for a minimum of four
months.

The operation was performed by Dr. David Porter in Indianapolis.
Plans call for Brown to begin rehab in the next two weeks, and
start running in six to eight weeks.

The 25-year-old Brown averaged 8.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and a
career-best 1.2 blocked shots in 41 games last season. He missed
the first seven games while recovering from an injured right
shoulder and was healthy after that until severely spraining his
left ankle Dec. 31, when he accidentally landed on the foot of
Philadelphia's Andre Miller after blocking a shot.

Brown sat out the next 27 games before returning to action, then
missed seven more games because of pain in his ankle. He returned
for the final two games of the regular season, then averaged 8.6
points and 5.6 rebounds in the Lakers' first-round playoff series
against Phoenix.

Brown has one year left on his contract. He will earn $9.1
million next season.

Brown is the second Los Angeles starter to have an operation
this month. Forward Lamar Odom had arthroscopic surgery on his left
shoulder May 15 and is expected to be ready for training camp. Odom
averaged 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 56 games last
season.

Brown and Odom were both considered trade possibilities during
the offseason, but their operations might preclude that. The Lakers
missed the playoffs in 2005 and were eliminated in the first round
by Phoenix following each of the past two seasons.