ZAZA PACHULIA TO HAVE SEASON-ENDING SURGERY
Pachulia has been bothered by a sore Achilles for several weeks.
ATLANTA -- Hawks forward/center Zaza Pachulia has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right Achilles. Pachulia will have surgery Wednesday in Charlotte at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina will perform the surgery, and Hawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Bernot of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic will accompany Zaza.
"After thoroughly reviewing the possible options with Zaza, we all felt this was the best decision to insure Zaza's complete recovery so that he can be at 100 percent going forward," President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry said. "Zaza is a professional with a strong work ethic. The Hawks will continue to be completely supportive as he tackles the return to play process."
The expected recovery time following surgery is approximately six months.
In 52 games (15 starts) played this season, the 6'11", 275-pounder had averages of 5.9 points on .473 shooting, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.8 minutes per game.