Brooks confirms Bryant had successful ACL surgery


The Wizards were dealt a huge blow shortly after the new year when starting center Thomas Bryant went down with a season-ending ACL tear. 

A few weeks after sustaining the injury against the Heat, Bryant underwent successful surgery to repair his left knee.

"It's a successful surgery," Brooks said Tuesday. "We all miss him. We miss his play, but we miss his great attitude, his commitment to get better. I miss having him around." 

Bryant was in the midst of a breakout season for the Wizards. He was averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 64.8% from the floor and nearly 43% on his 3-pointers. 

After losing Bryant, the Wizards turned to free-agent acquisition Robin Lopez to start at center with Moe Wagner filling in as the new primary backup. The Wizards have gone 2-4 so far without Bryant and post the 22nd-ranked net rating in the NBA during that span. 

Brooks said Bryant has been with the team from time to time following his injury and confirmed that Wizards fans will have to wait until next season to see the young center on the floor again. 

"He's been around off and on the last couple of weeks, but when he comes you can see everyone is excited," Brooks said. "His teammates always love to see him. He's gonna tackle that rehab like we know he will and be back better than ever sometime next season."

Tune in to NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m. Tuesday night for full coverage of the Wizards' next game against the Portland Trail Blazers.