Richardson's surgery set for Thursday

Richardson's surgery set for Thursday
February 11, 2013, 8:45 pm

Jason Richardson averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 33 games this season. (USA Today Images)

Jason Richardson will undergo his season-ending knee surgery Thursday in New York City. Dr. Jonathan Glashow will perform the surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital.

A minimum five-day stay in New York following the procedure caught Richardson by surprise.

“I just found out today that I have to be in New York for two weeks. The doctor won’t let me leave,” Richardson said prior to the Sixers’ game against the Clippers. “They want me there so they can check up on me and make sure everything goes right. He said a minimum of five days and after four days I can ride a bike. So I will start my rehab in New York but after that most of my rehabilitation will take place in Colorado.”

Richardson resides in Colorado. Despite being allowed to ride a stationary bike fairly quickly, the guard will not be allowed to put any weight on his left leg for six weeks. The entire rehabilitation time is expected to be 9 to 12 months.

“The knee right now is OK when I am walking,” Richardson said. “Sometimes it does give way. If I turn a certain way I hear this cracking sound. When you look at me walking it is fine, but the minute I try to run or anything, it is not a pretty sight.”

Richardson played in 33 games for the Sixers this season and averaged 10.5 points per game, the lowest mark of his 12-year career. He shot 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc.

Richardson is under contract for two more seasons with the final year of his contract being a player option. He is owed nearly $13 million after this season.

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