Rockets forward Luis Scola had surgery on his troublesome left knee yesterday and should be just fine for the start of training camp. Scola suffered what the Rockets doctors called a “slight knee strain” in late February. He fought through the pain, even wearing a brace for a few games, before losing his streak of 311 consecutive games played against the Suns on March 8th.
Scola faces an uncertain future in Houston this offseason. He’s been a very productive player for the Rockets, but rookie forward Patrick Patterson continued to play his way into a greater share of the minutes as the season wound down. Scola is also the oldest regular rotation player on the Rockets; he’ll be 31 by the start of the next season. Scola also has a long-term contract that will keep him through his Age 35 season, meaning it may be best to deal him now before the inevitable decline starts.
Either way, it doesn’t sound like the injury was all that serious, and Scola should be fine for training camp. Assuming, of course, there is one.