Los Angeles Forward Scheduled to Undergo Surgery

DeLisha Milton-Jones Likely Out for the Season

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Los Angeles Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones underwent an MRI today that revealed a torn medial meniscus and sprained medial collateral ligament in her right knee. Following her evaluation by Lakers/Sparks Team Physician, Dr. Stephen Lombardo, it was determined that Milton-Jones will undergo ACL surgery. The medial meniscus will be reassessed at that time. She is expected to miss the remainder of the WNBA season as there is no definite time table for her recovery.

"It's a very, very tough loss for our team," said Los Angeles Sparks GM Penny Toler. "She's one of our most valuable players. She came to camp in great shape, and has put together an amazing comeback this year. Our entire team will have to step up for us to continue on our quest for a championship."

Milton-Jones suffered the injury to her knee in the Sparks’ 66-61 victory at San Antonio on Friday, July 9. She was on a fast break, moving to avoid a defender in the closing seconds of the first half, when she fell under the basket, grabbing at her right knee.

“I’m disappointed but at the same time it feels good to know that I will be able to comeback new and improved,” said Milton-Jones. “Although it wasn’t my ACL this time, having surgery for my medial meniscus will allow it to be repaired as well. I still believe in Mr. Khalifa’s treatment and if I had to do it all over again, I would do the exact same thing.”

“Right now I’m focusing on myself and my career. I still have an obligation to help this team win another championship; it’s just in a different role. You can best believe I plan on filling that role to the fullest.”

For the season, Milton-Jones appeared in 19 games, averaging 10.1 points with the Sparks, who currently have the best record in the WNBA.

The Los Angeles Sparks are now 14-6 and will return to action on Saturday, July 17 when they host the Sacramento Monarchs at 7:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center. Fans can tune in and listen to all of the team’s 2004 WNBA home games on KWKU Radio 1220 and non-televised road games on KLAC Radio 570 with Ann Meyers-Drysdale calling the action.

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