Mehmet Okur out for playoffs

The Utah Jazz announced today that an MRI performed this morning in Denver revealed that Jazz center Mehmet Okur suffered a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon during last night’s Game 1 loss to the Nuggets.  The injury, which occurred at the 8:04 mark of the first quarter, will require surgery and force Okur to miss the remainder of the NBA Playoffs.

Okur has returned to Salt Lake City and a date for his surgery has yet to be determined.  Following the procedure, it is expected he will need three months before beginning the rehabilitation process.

Okur (6-11, 263) just completed his eighth NBA season and sixth with the Jazz.  The center averaged 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 73 games (all starts) in 2009-10.  A native of Yalova, Turkey, Okur owns career averages of 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 604 career games (446 starts).

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