- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2002

After getting three different opinions concerning his ailing left knee, Washington Wizards center Jahidi White is said to be favoring surgery perhaps as early as this week rather than treating the ailment long term with anti-inflammatory drugs, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
White had the knee evaluated Wednesday by Dr.John Hefferon, an orthopedic specialist in Chicago whose findings probably will be made known to the public tomorrow. White, the Wizards' starting center for much of last season, sought Hefferon's advice about whether to have surgery, which could keep him out of action for as long as three months, or to continue on medication.
Along with being evaluated by the Wizards' medical staff, White has been examined by New York Knicks team doctor Norman Scott.
If White opts for surgery, a decision he might make as early as tomorrow, he would lose valuable time preparing for the regular season and might not be available until after it begins Oct.30 at Toronto.
"I think Jahidi is leaning toward having surgery," the source said.
Last season White started 69 games, was second on the team in rebounding (6.3) and averaged 5.4 points. His 1.06 blocks led the team.
Even if he is able to resume working out without surgery, White is not a lock to start at center this season. Second-year center Brendan Haywood is expected to challenge the former Georgetown player.
At the end of the regular season, White, who was still having trouble with the knee, was advised to stay away from basketball completely. However, when he attempted to resume workouts earlier this month, his had pain in the knee, which prompted him to seek further advice.
White's injury is not believed to be basketball-related. Rather, he has an abnormal growth on the end of his left patella which is believed to be causing the discomfort.

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