Richardson’s prognosis sounds even worse than Young’s. The Sixers denied a report from Y! Sports that said Richardson is going to have surgery to repair a “quarter size” cartilage tear in his left knee. Richardson has visited three different doctors and now will seek a fourth opinion before opting for surgery. Philadelphia Inquirer 76ers beat writer John Mitchell is reporting that Richardson was told by two of the three doctors he saw that it would be wise to go ahead with the surgery. The surgery and recovery will put the 32 year old shooting guard out of commission for six to nine months which means he is not guaranteed to be healthy by training camp next September/October if he goes ahead with the plan.
Richardson was acquired, along with Bynum, in a three team trade on August 10th that sent All-Star forward Andre Iguodala to Denver Nuggets and Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless to the Orlando Magic. In his first season in Philadelphia, Richardson started 33 games for the Sixers averaging 10.5 points per game. He was named one of the team’s three captains before the season along with Young and point guard Jrue Holiday .
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