Surgeon pleased with procedure

Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin underwent successful surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning, effectively ending his season before it ever began.

The No. 1 overall draft pick will need four to six months to recover from the two-part procedure, which "couldn't have gone better," according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache who performed the two-part procedure Wednesday morning at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. ElAttrache repaired Griffin's patellar tendon and performed a "left patellar fragment excision," according to the Clippers.

The Clippers expect Griffin to return for summer workouts.

Griffin suffered a non-displaced stress fracture of his left patella during the Clippers' last preseason game on Oct. 23. He had tried to rehabilitate the injury without surgery and hoped to return by the end of January, but suffered a setback last week.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report