Clippers G Shaun Livingstonwill be out 8 to 12 months after tearing three of the four ligaments in his left knee while driving to the basket against Charlotte on Monday night.
"It's probably the most serious injury you can have to the knee," Clippers physician Tony Dalysaid yesterday. "He might miss all of next year."
Livingston had an MRI exam yesterday, which revealed tears in the anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus.
He also dislocated his patella, besides the previously diagnosed dislocation of his tibia-femoral. As a rookie in 2004, Livingston dislocated his right knee.
Livingston was driving to the basket on a fast break Monday night, went up for a layup, and his left knee contorted as he collapsed in pain. A team doctor had to pop his knee back into place to alleviate the pain.
"He came down on the leg without any contact with anybody. It's a freak accident, that's for sure," said Daly, who said he has rarely seen anything similar in 24 years of practice.
He said the injury is more commonly associated with contact sports such as football and rugby.
· SEASON IN DOUBT:Jamal Crawfordcould miss the rest of the regular season with a stress fracture of his right ankle, leaving the Knicks without a key player as they try to make the playoffs.
The guard's injury was revealed after an X-ray Monday and confirmed yesterday by a CAT scan. The Knicks said that surgery was likely and could force Crawford to miss the remainder of the regular season, though he might be available to return for the playoffs.
· SITTING OUT:Pacers G Jamaal Tinsleywas inactive for his team's game against Phoenix because of a sore leg.
-- From News Services