Snow to have surgery on left knee; guard likely out 4-6 weeks

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland guard Eric Snow will have
surgery on his left knee and will likely miss the entire preseason
after getting hurt last week while working out at the Cavaliers'
new training facility.

The 12-year veteran tore cartilage in his knee and will have an
operation Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic.

The 34-year-old will be sidelined four to six weeks and could
miss the start of the regular season. The Cavaliers, who won their
first Eastern Conference title last season, open this season at
home against Dallas on Oct. 31.

"It wasn't as serious as some other injuries are," Snow said
Monday during the club's media day. "It happened early in the
season, which I want to get started. But I'd rather get healthy and
finish the season if I had my choice.

"They say it [recovery] will take six weeks but everyone's body
is different. Hopefully it won't take that long, but I want to make
sure it's fine and come back so it's healed and I can finish the

The durable Snow has played in 409 of a possible 410 games since
the 2002-03 season. He averaged 4.2 points and 4.0 assists in 23.5
minutes last season, but his biggest contribution came on the
defensive end.

The Cavaliers opened training camp on Monday.

"It's not a good time," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "If
there is one positive, he has been in our system for two years so
it won't take him long to catch up. He won't be very far behind."