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Whaley not expected to return to lineup for two weeks

Published February 21, 2006 1:07 pm

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All of the Jazz players claim to be fresh and well rested thanks to

the NBA All-Star break. But none tried to be more convincing than

rookie Robert Whaley.

Whaley, who has been out of the lineup because of knee surgery, said

during Tuesday morning's shootaround in preparation for the game

later against the Celtics that he feels he is about 75 percent. He is

eager to get out of his dress suits and into his uniform.

Whaley was informed he had to have surgery to repair the medial

meniscus in his right knee when he showed up for Utah's game against

Seattle on Jan. 25. The news shocked him, and he has been eagerly

awaiting to get clearance to play.

"If it was up to me, I'd be back playing again," he said, jumping up

and down to emphasize he is good to go. "I had a little rest over the

break, but did rehab mostly. I haven't been taking it easy."

Whaley won't get his wish any time soon. Jazz trainer Gary Briggs

said while Whaley's rehab is going well, he is still probably two

weeks away from playing again.

Whaley once had the same surgery on his left leg, but said the Jazz

are being more careful with this rehab than his previous experience.

"They're being patient and working with me," Whaley said.