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Nuggets’ LaFrentz Hurts Knee

February 26, 1999

DALLAS (AP) _ Denver Nuggets rookie Raef LaFrentz left in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained left knee and did not return.

LaFrentz, Denver’s first-round draft pick from Kansas, was driving to the basket with 7:41 left in the first quarter when the knee collapsed.

A Denver spokesman said team trainers suspected that the 6-11 forward-center had torn or severely sprained the anterior cruciate ligament. If the ligament is torn, it will require surgery.

Team medical personnel will further evaluate LaFrentz’s condition on Friday morning.

Through 11 games, LaFrentz averaged 14.9 points and was shooting 46 percent from the field.

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