Orlando Magic forward Otis Smith underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out of action 2-6 weeks, the club announced Wednesday. Smith, who worked his way from obscurity into the starting lineup and leads the Magic in field-goal percentage, suffered the injury to his right knee during the first quarter of Tuesday night's 117-102 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics at Orlando Arena.
He was examined Wednesday morning and it was determined that he had re-torn the cartilage area of his right knee. He underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon and had the torn material removed. It is believed to be the same injury that sidelined him earlier in his pro career.
Smith was enjoying his finest season. Acquired from Golden State in the expansion draft, he started slowly, averaging 5.7 points through the first 20 games. But the former Jacksonville University standout came on to average 18.8 points in the next 30 games, and replaced Jerry Reynolds as a starter.