Bobcats center Kwame Brown out at least 4-6 weeks

The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that center Kwame Brown will miss a minimum of 4-6 weeks due to a third degree left ankle sprain.

Brown suffered the injury during offseason workouts on Thursday. He received an MRI later that afternoon, performed by team physician Dr. Glenn Perry, who confirmed the severity of the sprain. On Friday, Brown had a precautionary exam performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Bob Anderson to ensure no further damage was present in the ankle, on which Brown previously had surgery in May 2007.

Brown will wear a protective boot for the next two weeks prior to beginning the rehabilitation process.

The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBA’s 30th team when they joined the league in 2004-05, finished the 2009-10 season with a franchise-best 44-38 overall record (31-10 at home) and first-ever playoff appearance.