Francis Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Former Maryland Terrapin star and now Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis today underwent shoulder surgery. He is having arthroscopic surgery to repair a lesion on the labrum of his right shoulder. Francis will have his shoulder temporarily immobilized and miss the next 16 to 18 weeks of basketball action.

"This surgery repaired a lesion in the labrum instead of simply cleaning up the shoulder's lining, as the damage was more extensive than anticipated," Rockets trainer Keith Jones said. "We expect Steve to be ready to return to the court near the start of training camp."

Francis missed the last three games of the season because of the strain and missed a total of 25 games, seven because of migraine headaches.

Steve Francis has a career average of 19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.54 steals in 214 career games with Houston. The 1999-2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year ranks fourth in franchise history in both scoring average and triple-doubles. This past season Francis averaged career highs of 21.6 points and 7.0 rebounds with a team-leading 6.4 assists, standing as the only NBA player to average 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard also started for the Western Conference in the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.

Francis was the second overall pick selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies and then traded to the Houston Rockets in the 1999 NBA Draft. Duke's Elton Brand was number one. Francis was following in Joe Smiths footsteps as being a top NBA Draft pick, Smith was number one overall in 1995.

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