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Shea Seals Undergoes Knee Surgery

August 20, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Guard Shea Seals, who played in four games as a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, underwent surgery Thursday on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Because of the NBA lockout, Seals said he paid for the operation at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., with his own medical insurance.

``I’m going to make it through this,″ Seals said as he prepared to leave the hospital.

Seals, who is a free agent and cannot negotiate with teams or use their medical facilities during the lockout, said he injured himself earlier this summer while playing in a summer league game at Long Beach State. He had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee when he was a college freshman.

Seals said doctors told him it would take 6-8 months to recover. ``Hopefully, it won’t be that long,″ he said.

The Lakers signed Seals as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa last season. They carried him on the injured list for most of the season. He scored only four points.

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