Hornets point guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery on his knee Wednesday and the team announced that he will miss at least the next six weeks recovering.
Walker, the Hornets' leader in points, assists and steals this season, had been dealing with a cyst in the knee since high school, but was recently diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
The Hornets will play just 15 games over the next six weeks, thanks in part to the break the league takes for the All-Star Game. But, those next 15 games include the likes of San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago and Washington (twice).
Brian Roberts will start at point guard while Walker is out, and, with Jannero Pargo suffering from a sore lower back, Gary Neal and Lance Stephenson will serve as the backups. The Hornets have been looking around the league for help at the point guard position (Ramon Sessions to the rescue?), but general manager Rich Cho told Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that he is trying to avoid trading away the team's long-term future for short-term success.
"I think one of the worst things you can do is lose (draft) picks and flexibility and then get caught in a corner," Cho said during a phone interview Tuesday with the Observer.
"That’s one of the challenges of this job: You’ve got to balance winning now with winning in the future."
Needless to say, it is going to be tough sledding for the Hornets going forward.