The Clippers issued a press release earlier today following Shaun Livingston's latest checkup with his surgeon.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston had his left knee re-examined on Thursday, March 6 by Dr. James Andrews in San Francisco. Dr. Andrews issued the following statement regarding the current status of Livingston's recovery:
"I evaluated Shaun yesterday in San Francisco. He has developed a lot of muscle return and recovery in the knee. The stability of the knee looks excellent. We are still holding him back from competitive play because he has developed some tendinitis about his knee, which will require approximately four more weeks to settle down. We will re-evaluate him at that time to see if he's able to undergo some high level basketball activity at the end of the season. We still expect a full recovery, but it is time related."
Livingston was originally injured during the first quarter of the Clippers win over the Charlotte Bobcats on February 26, 2007 at STAPLES Center, when he suffered tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral meniscus. Livingston also suffered a patella dislocation, in addition to a tibia/femoral dislocation. Andrews performed the surgery to repair the injuries on March 13, 2007 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham.
So this is a good news / bad news thing. Excellent stability and full recovery are very, very good. And tendinitis is no big deal, really. But if on March 6 he's talking about a re-examination in four weeks, and the last game of the season is April 16, then it's pretty clear that we're not going to see Shaun play basketball until Summer League in Vegas in July. We pretty much already knew that, but it's all but certain now.