MINNEAPOLIS Timberwolves small forward Chase Budinger will miss a minimum of three months after surgery Tuesday to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, according to reports from Yahoo! Sports.
Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery. Andrews' list of previous patients includes Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Drew Brees and John Smoltz. During surgery, the meniscus was completely repaired, which will allow Budinger a full recovery.
Budinger was injured during Saturday's 87-80 loss in Chicago, when he was shifted into the starting lineup to replace an injured Brandon Roy. With six minutes remaining in the game, Budinger fell out of the scrum of players under the Timberwolves' basket. The consensus in the locker room among coaches and players was that he was shoved from behind, and Budinger said that his foot got caught during the fall, wrenching his knee into a twisted position.
He traveled with the team to Dallas, where an MRI revealed the tear. The three-month recovery estimat...