Paul to miss 4-6 weeks after surgery

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul will be out about four

to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday.

Paul will start rehabilitating immediately and be on crutches

for two or three weeks, the team announced.

He will miss the Feb. 14 All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium in

Arlington, Texas.

“Obviously this is a tough thing for me,” Paul said in a

statement. “I have been fortunate through my career as a basketball

player to not have suffered many injuries. The main thing is for me

to get back healthy and to help this team however I can.”

Paul was injured Jan. 27 against Golden State, then

aggravated the injury when he collided with a camera while chasing

an errant pass in the final seconds of regulation against the

Chicago Bulls last Friday.

New Orleans (26-23) is in danger of missing the playoffs for

the first time in three years. The Hornets have lost three

consecutive home games and are in last place in the Southwest

Division, two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the

Western Conference.

Paul sat out eight games earlier this season with a sprained

ankle. New Orleans is 5-6 when he does not play.