The news is official, and it's not good. Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler(notes) had to undergo surgery on his torn patella tendon on Tuesday, and he's going to be out for the remainder of 2010-11. Though we think the Mavericks can somewhat survive in Butler's absence, this is still a tough blow to a very good team with designs on a championship.
Butler, however, seems to be in good spirits. Before going under the knife on Tuesday morning, he Tweeted this picture from his hospital bed:
Caron (@therealtuffjuice) didn't stop there, offering these words of hope for frustrated Mavs fans:
Get well soon, NBA.