EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles center Chris Mihm underwent surgery on his right ankle Tuesday, and the Lakers said he is expected to make a complete recovery in six to eight months.

The surgery, to repair a ligament and tendon in Mihm’s ankle and realign his heel bone, was performed by Dr. Mark Meyerson in Baltimore, Md. The 27-year-old Mihm is scheduled for a follow-up examination Dec. 7 by Dr. Meyerson in Los Angeles.

Mihm’s right foot will be completely immobilized for at least four weeks. He will then begin therapy and rehabilitation while wearing a boot for another five to six weeks.

The 7-foot, 265-pound Mihm injured his ankle in the final minute of a game against Seattle on March 12, and played just once the rest of last season. He had ankle surgery July 26 and missed training camp and all eight preseason games.

Mihm averaged a career-high 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.24 blocked shots in 59 games last season – 56 of them starts.

AP-ES-11-14-06 1909EST



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