January 30, 2009
The heart and soul of the Oklahoma Thunder has been lost for the season. Desmond Mason will miss the team's final 36 games after hyper-extending his right knee Wednesday night against Memphis. After receiving an MRI on Thursday morning, it was determined Mason will need minor arthroscopic knee surgery to remove bone chips from the knee. The operation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. today at McBride Clinic.
"When I heard that, I was disappointed just for the fact that we're starting to play well," Mason said. "I think that the starting unit was really starting to build some trust in each other. And over this last month, we had really jelled and developed a bond on and off the floor."
The Thunder has won eight of its past 14 games and has climbed out of last place in the NBA standings. Mason was averaging 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.3 minutes.