Logo
Browse Archives by:

Putting KG’s Knee to Bed…For Now

 

One interesting nugget from this Boston Herald story on the successful removal of bone spurs from Kevin Garnett’s right knee: The team knew about the bone spurs before the season started and concluded they weren’t enough of a problem to require surgery. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the Herald:

The fact that Garnett and the Celtics are not active now in the NBA playoffs has followers of the team wishing a decision made before the season could be revisited. Garnett’s spurs showed up then, but they were not deemed a significant problem.

“Well, yeah, if you know it’s going to be a problem and you know he’s not going to be able to play in the playoffs, sure you’d do things differently,” Ainge said. “In hindsight, it’s always easy to look back. And we discussed it again in February. We looked at all the possibilities and made the decision. But you have to understand there were no guarantees even with the surgery. I’m certainly not second guessing our medical staff or the people that were consulted.”

Two things to note here: 

1) KG very well could have played the entire season with bone spurs. The spurs cause pain, but players play through them all the time. It was the strained popliteus tendon in KG’s knee on top of the spurs that hiked the pain up to a level at which KG could no longer play effectively, as Scott Souza pointed out yesterday

2) We spoke recently to our old friend Dr. Donald Rose, one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. and the man who educated us on KG’s knee injury back when he went down in mid-February. (To refresh: He’s a professor at NYU, the lead surgeon for the Cirque du Soleil dance troupe and worked for the 76ers in the mid-1980s). 

The doc told us that the popliteus tendon/muscle strain is a “very unusual injury” for a basketball player, and one that requires extensive rest and rehabilitation. The tendon strain plus the bone spurs likely suggest that KG is developing an arthritic condition in his right knee, something that is not unusual in a player who has logged as many high-intensity minutes as Garnett. (As we understand from Rose and some research, the body produces bone spurs around joint areas when the cartilage around the joint has been worn down). 

We obviously asked Dr. Rose about the chances of a full recovery. He said there is no doubt KG could (and likely will) be 100 percent by the opening of next season, but that there will always be a risk of knee problems if Garnett has indeed developed some form of arthritis. 

All things considered, this is (mostly) good news. And the Celtics knew this was the risk they took in dealing a young big man (one with a knee problem now, sadly) for an aging one. Here’s Doc in the Herald:

“Oh, yeah, we knew what we were getting into, and it was worth the gamble. No question. He brought us one banner already, so clearly it was worth the gamble.”

Agreed. 

For what it’s worth, here’s Bob Ryan and Tony Massarotti discussing (on video!) whether the Celtics could have won the title had KG and Powe been healthy.

  • http://www.northstationsports.blogspot.com Nick Gelso

    As usual, Extremely well said.

  • Pingback: Today’s Links 5/28 at New England Sports 24/7

  • Marty McFly

    KG is a superb basketball player who has played an inordinate number of minutes in the NBA. I’m afraid his best years are behind him.

    Hopefully, the Celtics will devise a plan where he can cut down his minutes without major damage.

    I know this. KG would not rest one minute due to injury or illness in earlier years. He is a true NBA warrior.

  • Pingback: The Posey Decision: One Year Later » Boston Celtics Basketball – Celtics news, rumors and analysis – CelticsHub.com

  • Pingback: Being Confused About KG’s Knee, Part Five Million » Boston Celtics Basketball – Celtics news, rumors and analysis – CelticsHub.com

  • http://www.thefutonsite.com Futons

    Great story, and I agree it’s always easier to look back in hindsight and say what we should’ve done, but from where they were standing they made the right decision.

  • http://www.imagine-avondale.com/blog poster beds

    I am currently reading it on my Blackberry and will scan it once I get home. I love your site and marketing strategy. Check out my website if you get a chance, just click on name. (I don’t want to leave a link, it looks too spammy)

  • http://www.knee-pain-treatment.com/ knee pain treatment

    Hi mate would it be ok if i used some info from here to use on one of my sites? all the best

  • http://nowboi08e.hpage.com/the_sports_betting_system_4272_81146570.html Dion Enbody

    That was one explicit with the most useful posts I’ve seen in a extended lengthy time. selection of appreciated, I’m planning to have to hang round here extra.

  • http://marrieddatingtips.net married dating guy

    I’m happy that I’ve noticed this site. Lastly anything not a junk, which we undergo extremely frequently. The website is lovingly serviced and stored up to date. So it must be, thank you for sharing this with us.

  • http://www.somsak2004.net opencart

    Involve increasing the, to you now?Wraps off you, phone has all.Who have developed, website So it.With such loans opencart, cost you greatly are free Popular.Could write down, have great credit.,

no prescription xenical bupropion tab zithromax 500 mg pfizer viagra on line buy deltasone online cipro in south africa purchase viagra without a prescription levitra website orlistat price discount cialis online cialis online us paxil lexapro cheap cialis in uk canadian propecia buy cipro in usa cheap viagra no prescription generic levitra canada viagra tab generic levitra mastercard natural alternative to paroxetine buying viagra from india purchase discount cialis buy prednisone online without a prescription lowest cost levitra best and cheapest viagra pills cialis pricing nolvadex price no prescription how to order cialis online celebrex price where to buy cialis cheap non prescription generic cialis top selling herbal viagra cialis discount overnight viagra sales in uk alternative paxil genuine cialis online viagra online stores online rx diflucan buy cheap generic viagra zithromax dosing how much is accutane cialis com purchase cytotec online azithromycin cheapest cheapest viagra online online pharmacies uk amoxicillin canada diflucan buy daily cialis online accutane oklahoma viagra cheap canada viagra discount sales purchase viagra in uk buy amoxicillin online xenical pharmacy ordering levitra buying viagra online legal cheap authentic viagra one day shipping amoxil side effects viagra how to buy cialis online best best price celebrex generic cialis lowest price buy cialis in canada us cialis propecia mexico online prescription viagra azithromycin purchase online cheap cialis online without a persciption cialis order on line dose amoxicillin levitra canadian cialis canada 5mg celebrex cost australia azithromycin 500 mg viagra online sale buy levitra in europe wellbutrin online pharmacy viagra canada pharmacies order nolvadex viagra professional pfizer cymbalta australia for sale buy online purchase viagra flagyl buy generic cymbalta 20mg wellbutrin online prescription cialis online american internet viagra pharmacy buy cipro online cheap viagra pill viagra approved viagra buy usa side effects for zithromax viagra 25 mg canadian pharmacy cheap generic viagra cipro generic 100mg of paxil real cialis pharmacies herbal alternative to lasix order viagra in canada cipro xr bayer discount clomid levitra online sales cheap levitra prescription cialis brand approved cialis cheap viagra discount generic viagra professional viagra pfizer 50 mg female viagra europe furosemide 40mg tab