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Thomas Robinson diagnosed with small meniscus tear, to undergo surgery

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that Thomas Robinson, their recently signed power forward sustained a small meniscus tear in his right knee while working out in New York. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday. At that point, the Nets medical staff will release further details including a timetable for his return.

Normally, a meniscus tear, particularly one described as "small," will require weeks of recovery and rehabilitation. Nets training camp won't open until October 1, although players usually start gathering and working out a month earlier.  Robinson required off-season surgery last season as well, that time a torn thumb ligament.

The 6'10" power forward was the Nets top free agent choice this summer, getting a phone call from Billy King and Lionel Hollins at midnight on July 1. He joins Chris McCullough, the Nets draft pick, who's recovering from a torn ACL suffered last January while he was at Syracuse. Also, Juan Pablo Vaulet, who the Nets traded for on Draft Night, may need surgery for an ankle issue. He was supposed to meet with Dr. Martin J. O'Malley, the Nets foot specialist.