Daniel Orton Undergoes Athroscopic Knee Surgery

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 20: Daniel Orton #33 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium on February 20, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 58-56. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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The Orlando Magic’s first round pick, Center Daniel Orton has been struggling with a knee injury since high school. On Thursday, he finally underwent athroscopic surgery on his left knee in an attempt to correct the problem.

Orton has not played since the Pepsi Pro Summer League and struggle during his “professional” debut that week.

A lingering knee issue may have not only been the reason Orton didn’t have a better performance. Of course Orton was playing behind DeMarcus Cousins at Kentucky but knee trouble probably contributed to his lack of playing time there as well.

Orton is supposed to be until the All-Star break.

He offered up this tweet about his surgery.

Thanks for the prayers everyone. GOD let me have a wonderful surgery. Doc said better than he expected. Man GOD is good and works wonders!!!

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