LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles Clippers center Michael Olowokandi, the first player taken in last year's NBA draft, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday.

Dr. Art Ting, team doctor for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, performed the operation, removing damaged cartilage from Olowokandi's knee.

Ting said Olowokandi should be able to begin working out in two or three weeks.

Olowokandi, a native of Nigeria who grew up in London and played very little organized basketball until going to the University of Pacific, averaged 8.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in 45 games as a rookie.