We have the news of Spencer Hawes' Wednesday surgery down below, along with reaction from Hawes himself.
Here's the word from his coach, Lorenzo Romar:
ON HOW THE PROBLEM WAS DISCOVERED ABOUT A WEEK AGO: Apparently the loose (particle) in there, he started to feel it click a little bit. That's when he said, whoops, this is something different. That's when he decided to get it checked out.
ON HIS LEVEL OF CONCERN: I'm not that concerned. From what I've been told it's a routine scope that gets done all the time and people are back playing. If it were an ACL that was ripped, then we'd be really concerned.
ON REASONS NOT TO WORRY: Three things are in Spencer's favor. The first thing is he just ran a 5:22 mile last week, so he's in superb condition. So being out whatever time he's going to be out is not going to set him back to where he's just dragging. The second factor is, he had in his foot a stress fracture of something when he was in high school and he had to sit out, so he's accustomed to taking care of himself through that experience and then coming back. And then the third is that we were fortunate enough to be together in July and the things that we learned in July are a lot of the things that we're going to be covering here in the next couple of weeks, so he won't be totally behind in that way. Those three factors allow it to be not too much of a setback in his learning curve or us getting our team chemistry together.
STILL MORE REASON NOT TO WORRY: I don't see it as being a major setback. This is one of those situations that you find often times in sports where someone goes down early in the year … but then as the season goes on you kind of forget that even happened. I think this is one of those situations.
ON PRESEASON INJURIES TO HAWES, SMITH, WOLFINGER, GASSER and BURMEISTER: The last two years that I've gone to Pac-10 media day, the general talk among the coaches was, 'This is unbelievable. We can't even practice. We've only got eight guys. We're practicing with eight guys and two walk-ons.' I remember thinking two years in a row, 'Whoo, I'm glad we avoided that.' It happens sometimes in sports."
ON THE STATUS OF SMITH AND WOLFINGER: Joel is on his way back. Joel could possibly be back by his first game. He's supposed to have his boot removed (Wednesday). He's on his way back. Joe Wolfinger is going to be out much longer. (Perhaps the whole season.)
ON HARVEY PERRY, WHO MISSED MOST OF LAST SEASON WITH A BACK INJURY: Harvey once in a while winces, but hasn't missed (playing time), whereas he had by this time last year. I think he's back. I think he's out of the woods.