Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Atlanta Hawks' Pachulia Has Season Ending Surgery

Atlanta Hawks player Zaza Pachulia had season ending surgery several weeks ago on his right Achilles tendon. The forward/center will be out for six months, which should bring him back about the beginning of next season.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Pachulia originally
injured his foot on January 21st and was in and out of the lineup over the next six weeks. He last played on March 3rd against the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring two points and getting four rebounds in 21 minutes.
Pachulia started 15 games this season and averaged 5.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21.8 minutes in 52 total games this season.
Pachulia's exit is reminiscent of last season, when he missed the end of the regular season and the first round exit against the Boston Celtics with a bone chip in his foot. There are few players on the team who have the same energy and hustle that Pachulia is known for.
The surgery comes at an unfortunate time for Pachulia, 29, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Whether he's healthy or not to gather interest from the Hawks to resign him, or from other teams, will be determined in the coming months.
Pachulia is originally from the country Georgia, and has made Georgia the state, specifically Atlanta, his home for the last eight years. He opened a Mediterranean restaurant, Eno by Zaza and a bar, Buckhead Bottle Bar in the Atlanta area. Pachulia has even enrolled at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University to help him learn the business aspects of running those establishments. He may decide he doesn't want to go anywhere when free agency opens up. Good luck with your healing, Zaza!
Reference: Soaring Down South.
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