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76ers Geiger Injures Knee

October 3, 2000

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Center Matt Geiger tore cartilage in his left knee Tuesday, the first day of training camp for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Geiger also sprained ligaments in the knee, and it was not immediately known whether Geiger will need surgery or how long he will be out. Geiger missed the first 17 games of last season because of an injury to the same knee.

``It’s very frustrating this had to happen,″ Geiger said. ``I really took a lot of pride in my conditioning and work habits this summer.″

Geiger, 31, stepped on Toni Kukoc’s foot and took a spill. Team physician Dr. Jack McPhilemy said Geiger would begin physical therapy immediately.

``Geiger got hurt, which was a real disappointment,″ Sixers coach Larry Brown said following practice at Penn State University’s Bryce Jordan Center. ``It’s a big setback if he’s out for long.″

Geiger averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 65 games last season.

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