SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Thabo Sefolosha’s season is over.
The 36-year-old Jazz forward elected to have knee surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, after suffering an MCL injury in Friday’s loss to Charlotte.’
The surgery will be performed by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician Dr. Travis Maak in Salt Lake City
In his 13th NBA season, Sefolosha owns averages of 8.2 points, his highest scoring average since 2008-09, on 49.2 percent from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 38 games (six starts) for the Jazz on the year.
“We have to find a more collective mental toughness, and I think Thabo was someone that was helping give us that with his leadership,” said head coach Quin Snyder.
“I looked to him, and said what do you see that I’m not seeing?” added rookie Donovan Mitchell. “He gives the pregame speeches, he’s the first one off the bench. It’s definitely tough when you lose a guy a like that. He plays his butt off, he knows so much and gives his all.”
Sefolosha signed a 2-year, $10.5 million deal with the Jazz this past summer.