New Orleans Hornets power forward David West underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery yesterday in New York. Doctors have told West his rehab could last anywhere from 6 to 10 months. Here is more from Jimmy Smith of the Times Picayune and nola.com.

"After his injury, David understood the importance of getting his knee ready for surgery," said Hornets/Ochsner orthopedist Dr. Scott Montgomery in a team release.  "Our training staff did a terrific job of helping David get the swelling down and regain his motion.  We're thankful that David had a successful surgery and know that his hard work will make his rehabilitation process go well."

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That explains why West waited 19 days since the injury occured to undergo surgery. David said he plans to attack his rehab with a fighter mentality and work hard to come back as soon as possible.