Milwaukee Bucks three-time All-Star Khris Middleton has had a bad run of luck regarding leg injuries over the past year. A knee injury suffered against the Chicago Bulls in the 2022 NBA Playoffs kept him out of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Boston Celtics, a series many believe the Bucks would have won had he been healthy. He also missed a majority of the 2022-23 NBA regular season recovering from the injury.
When he was able to play, Middleton averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. In the Bucks’ losing series to the Miami Heat, Middleton was their leading scorer and averaged 23.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. However, following Milwaukee’s elimination, his right knee required surgery according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Why Did Milwaukee Bucks Star Khris Middleton Need Surgery?
According to Charania, Middleton underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee to clean up an issue that plagued him all season. He is expected to be able to be back on the court by July. This, of course, is promising news following last season’s extended recovery that saw him recovering from both leg and wrist injuries.
Middleton told The Athletic:
“I mean, it’s nothing too crazy. It’s just kind of what I’ve dealt with every summer ramping back up for the season. Just getting my knee back accustomed to running, jumping, the force, the contact after being off for a long period of time.
“I know it’s kind of vague, but the truth of it is that’s all it was. Just the swelling and all of that, we couldn’t get it to go away. My leg just wasn’t strong enough or conditioned enough to withstand it.”
Getting back on the court in July will give Middleton plenty of time to get his leg condition for the rigors of a NBA regular season. While there has been no official word on what is future is in Milwaukee, he was involved in the hiring process of new head coach Adrian Griffin. Additionally, there are rumors that he intends to sign a long-term extension with the team instead of picking up his player option for $40 million.