Men's Basketball Loses Another To Injury

Oct. 31, 2000

LOS ANGELES - UCLA senior Rico Hines has a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and will undergo surgery on Wednesday. The arthroscopic procedure will beperformed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA MedicalCenter.

Hines, a 6-5, 210-pound senior from Greenville, NC, injured his right kneeon Friday (Oct. 27) during practice. After a re-evaluation of the knee onSaturday, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was ordered for Monday, revealingthe cartilage tear. The estimated rehabilitation time is approximatelyfour-to-six weeks.

On Oct. 12, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Hines will miss UCLA'sfirst two games of this season for a violation of team rules. He was to miss theBruins' exhibition home opener vs. Team Concept on Wednesday (Nov. 1) andUCLA's Nov. 9 season-opener vs. Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament atNew York City's Madison Square Garden. Hines will now serve his two-gamesuspension when he is cleared to play following his rehabilitation stint, Lavinsaid.

Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruin career, starting15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes. As a junior last season, heappeared in 29 games with seven starts, averaging 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and2.1 rebounds.

UCLA has now lost two players to injury. On Oct. 27, UCLA announced thattrue freshman Josiah Johnson will miss four-to-six weeks because of a stressfracture in his left foot. Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward who last seasonearned honorable mention USA Today high school All-America as a senior atMontclair Prep, did not require surgery. He was placed in a walking boot, willbe on crutches for about a week and re-evaluated after the first four weeks inthe walking boot. Johnson is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and theyounger brother of Kris Johnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.

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