Luc Richard Mbah a Moute dealt with the pain all season. On Friday, he’ll take the first step toward putting it behind him.
Luc has scheduled a surgical procedure in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic to alleviate the patellar tendinitis that ailed his right knee for most of the season.
Luc played through knee tendinitis all season. Once the offseason hit he made plans for a repair (Getty Images)
After a long offseason induced by the lockout, Luc’s restricted free agent status and subsequent visa issues caused a late start to camp. He suffered an injury to the knee during an exhibition game and wasn’t the same for the rest of the year.
« It was just a rough season for me but I tried to battle through it, » he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. « Now I’m going to address that issue, have surgery on it and be back stronger next year. »
Despite the injury, Luc had a strong season with career-highs in points per game and shooting percentage. But he believes after the surgery and subsequent rehab he can be even better in the second year of his four-year contract with the Bucks.
He plans to spend a good chunk of his summer in his native Cameroon, where he will conduct his annual basketball camp for kids in July. Luc hopes that, while there, he can get some game action in with the national team.
« I want to try to play a lot after I’m cleared to play, » he told the Journal-Sentinel.
- Knee Surgery On Tap For Luc Mbah a Moute, But Expect Good Things In 12/13 (Brew Hoop, April 30, 2012)
- Mbah a Moute to undergo surgery on right knee (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, April 27, 2012)