Jazz: Despite communication problems, Boozer surgery said to be routine

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Jazz forward Carlos Boozer's arthroscopic knee surgery went as expected Friday in Los Angeles, a source said Saturday, although general manager Kevin O'Connor complained that the team still was waiting to hear from Boozer's doctor.

The source said Boozer's underwent "garden variety" arthroscopic surgery to clean up his injured left knee. The Jazz had expected Boozer's surgery to include the removal of a loose particle about the size of a fingernail.

Boozer, who has missed 23 games since he was injured Nov. 19, is expected to remain in Los Angeles for about a week following the surgery, according to the source.

At Saturday's pregame shootaround, O'Connor said the Jazz still were waiting for Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performed the surgery, to return calls, a situation with which O'Connor could not hide his aggravation.

"It's surprising that we haven't heard anything, but we have not heard anything," O'Connor said. "We've called him and we're expecting a response soon."

Ferkel was said by the source to have a busy schedule of surgeries Friday and Saturday.

Talking about the surgery taking place in Los Angeles, O'Connor said: "That's part of the problem with being somewhere outside of the Great Salt Lake."

As for tonight's game against the Pistons, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he changed his mind and would start Ronnie Price instead of Morris Almond. Sloan preferred the matchup of Price on Allen Iverson.

C.J. Miles, meanwhile, was out of the walking boot he had been wearing since suffering a sprained right ankle Wednesday. Miles received treatment Saturday morning but said he might play Monday against Indiana.