“That’s my first priority, just going into surgery sometime. If I can do it tomorrow, I would do it tomorrow. That’s probably my main concern right now, is taking care of that. My body feels good. That’s been my only issue. After that, it’s hard to say.”
Well, he waited longer than one day, but it appears he is wasting no time in getting the issue taken care of, as a report by the Boston Herald has Allen undergoing the surgery tomorrow morning at New England Baptist Hospital:
Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle at 6 a.m. on Wednesday at New England Baptist Hospital, according to a source.
The problem, which first surfaced during in Los Angeles during the C’s’ eight-game road trip in mid-March, eventually forced Allen to miss 15 regular-season games as well as the first two games of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against Atlanta.
By Allen’s own admission, the ankle had a serious impact on his ability to cut, plant and rise for his fabled jump shot. It even affected his free throw form.
CH’s Analysis: No real surprise here, as this is clearly an issue that Allen needed to take care of ASAP. Unlike Kevin Garnett, there are no rumors about Ray’s retirement as he spoke to after Game 7 as well stating, “There’s still a lot of basketball left in my legs, I know that for sure. So it’s hard to say what can happen, what may happen. But four of us know how to play basketball. We know how to win games.”
While Ray speaks the truth, based on increasing reports surfacing from Jackie MacMullan in ESPNBoston (more on that later today) and the Boston Herald, the glimmer of hope that Allen could return to the C’s has become dimmer by the day, due to a variety of issues by both parties coming out as the season has concluded.
You do also have to take into account the age and health of Allen when you consider resigning him this offseason if you’re Danny Ainge. The soon-to-be 36-year-old has a lot of miles on those ankles, so he’s definitely not a sure thing investment as this juncture. The biggest question now may be if either side can mend enough fences enough for one last shot together. Certainly possible, but far from probable at this juncture from the looks of it. CelticsHub will cover this in further depth later this week.