David Lee injury: Warriors forward undergoes hip surgery

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David Lee underwent successful surgery on a torn right hip flexor on Thursday, according to The Contra Costa Times’ Marcus Thompson. The Golden State Warriors‘ power forward will be able to begin rehab in 10-14 days, but no further timetable for his recovery was given.

Lee injured his hip in the playoff opener on April 20 against the Denver Nuggets and was first ruled out of a return for the entirety of the Warriors’ playoff run.

But in a surprising and motivating move returned for a May 2 series-clincher as Golden State advanced, Lee returned to action.

In the next round against the San Antonio Spurs, Lee sat out the first two games and played sparingly off the bench in the final four outings. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his six playoff appearances while playing in 10.8 minutes per game. Golden State lost in six to the Spurs, who are now in the NBA Finals.

The news of Lee’s surgery came as a bit of a surprise. Dr. William T. Long told the San Francisco Chronicle that it is highly unlikely for hip flexor tears to require surgery.

Lee’s All-Star season ended with averages of 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds during the regular season, and he was the first All-Star representative for the Warriors since Latrell Sprewell earned the honor in 1997.

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