First-Round Draft Pick Curtis Borchardt Reinjures His Foot

July 21, 2002

Salt Lake City(AP) - First-round pick Curtis Borchardt, acquired by theUtah Jazz in a trade at the NBA draft, will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks becauseof a stress fracture in his right foot.

Borchardt, a 7-foot center who was taken by Orlando with the 18th overallselection, then traded for Utah's first-round choice and a second-roundselection, missed the last 14 games of the 2000-01 season at Stanford due tothe same injury.

Repetitive pounding from two-a-day practices caused the hairline fracture onthe top of Borchardt's right arch, Jazz orthopedist Lyle Mason said.

Doctors have not ruled out the possibility of surgery, although Borchardtalready has two screws in the bone from surgery on March 6, 2001.

'I've had it before, so at least I kind of know what I'm dealing with alittle bit,' Borchardt said. 'I'm pretty good at rehabbing.'

Borchardt signed a three-year, $3 million contract on July 12.

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