By Mary Cunningham
Sixer forward Robert Covington has joined center Joel Embiid on the Meniscus Brigade.
Covington had surgery yesterday to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. According to the club, the operation was “successful.”
Covington will rehab in Philly and, said the club in a press release, “is expected to transition back to full weight-bearing in approximately two weeks.”
The Sixers said Covington is, “expected to resume basketball activities this summer.” Covington just completed his fourth NBA season, averaging 12.9 points and surfacing as the Sixers’ most reliable perimeter defender. He is expected to receive votes for the NBA’s All-Defensive team.
Covington was injured March 28 in Brooklyn and missed the final eight games of the season. Before the Sixers’ final game of the season, last week in New York, he said he was assured that the rehabilitation would not be complicated. He said he was told that such surgery typically requires up to six weeks of recovery time, but that his peak physical condition would allow him to recuperate quicker.
“My main thing is just to get better,” Covington said. “I always say I let my numbers and everything prove themselves. I don’t get caught up in the hype of All-Defensive team. It would be beneficial, but that’s not what my main thing is. My main thing is to lead these guys and get better on the court, and to be a leader by example.”