Clips' Livingston recovering well from knee surgery, may return this season

Updated: January 10, 2008, 1:06 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers received an encouraging report on guard Shaun Livingston, who hasn't played since severely injuring his left knee 10 months ago.

"The medical team feels he's going to make a full recovery," team president Andy Roeser said at halftime of Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic. "There's a pretty good chance he'll be on the court before the end of the season.

"The most significant thing is whether he makes a full recovery. It's significant that we think he can make a full recovery."

The 22-year-old Livingston tore parts of his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus in a game against Charlotte last Feb. 26.

"I would say at this point, it's kind of month-to-month," Roeser said. "In the next 30-to-60 days, he's going to have to work more on strength."

Livingston was examined Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., by James Andrews, who performed reconstructive surgery on the 22-year-old guard's knee last March.

"It was very encouraging," general manager Elgin Baylor said. "The doctor was very pleased with his progress."

Roeser said Livingston will probably be examined again next month.

Livingston, chosen by the Clippers out of Peoria (Ill.) Central High School with the fourth pick in the 2004 draft, has been hampered by injuries and has yet to play a full season in the NBA.

He missed 39 games during his rookie season because of a dislocated right knee, and another 12 that season because of torn cartilage in his right shoulder. He sat out the first 21 games in his second season because of a stress reaction in his lower back.


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