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Lakers’ Madsen to Have Surgery

June 29, 2001

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) _ Mark Madsen of the Los Angeles Lakers will have surgery next week on a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Madsen is expected to be out 4-to-6 months, Lakers spokesman John Black said Friday.

Madsen injured his wrist in preseason workouts last year, but was able to play throughout the season despite some pain, Black said.

``We had another test done which determined the severity of it,″ Black said. ``It’s a risk if he were to land awkwardly on it.″

Madsen averaged 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 70 games last season.

Madsen’s injury was announced one day after the Lakers said guard Derek Fisher would miss 4-to-6 months because of a stress fracture in his right foot.

Fisher also may have surgery next week for the same injury that caused him to miss the first 62 games of the season before returning to help the Lakers win a second straight NBA championship.

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