- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Bobcats backup center Joel Przybilla will miss the remainder of the season with continued pain in his right knee.

The Bobcats on Thursday announced Przybilla will undergo another procedure to remove wires inserted in the knee after he twice tore his patella tendon. Przybilla has not played for Charlotte since March 7. He was acquired from Portland in a Feb. 24 trade that sent Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers.

Charlotte is left with only one healthy center, Kwame Brown. But coach Paul Silas says it’s unlikely they’ll waive Przybilla and sign a big man since any new player wouldn’t be eligible for the playoffs.

Silas also doesn’t expect Stephen Jackson, Tyrus Thomas or Shaun Livingston to play Friday at Orlando due to nagging injuries.

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