As expected, the Clippers put Michael Olowokandi on the injured list Friday and scheduled exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for Monday. For now, the team's medical staff is calling the injury a sprain.
Olowokandi sat out most of training camp because of what was termed tendinitis in his left knee. He also spent five games in December on the injured list for the same reason. He was sidelined for three games last week because of a bruised right thigh.
Depending on what's found during Monday's procedure, Olowokandi could be sidelined up to two months. If nothing is found, he would be cleared to play after sitting out the mandatory five games, which means he could be in the starting lineup Feb. 12 against Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards.
"I don't think anything will be known until they take a look at it," Coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's been an ongoing thing.... I don't think he's had the explosiveness he's had in the past."