18 Mar 2010

Marks out for rest of NBA season

11:12 am on 18 March 2010

The New Zealand basketballer and New Orleans Hornet Sean Marks will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

Marks' surgery was a success and he will begin rehabilitation immediately with an eye on next season.

Injury niggles have reduced Marks' season to his fourth quietest in 10 years in the NBA.

He played just 75 minutes in 14 games, compared to his career-high 60 games last season.

He's scored just 10 points and grabbed only 23 rebounds this season.

The 34-year-old has now completed two-season stints with five different NBA teams - Toronto, Miami, San Antonio, Phoenix and New Orleans.

The injury-depleted Hornets have 13 games remaining and trail Portland by seven games for the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings, leaving them with little hope of repeating their 2008/09 foray into the post-season.