It is important to note that this surgery was not intended to correct the problem that sidelined him for all but four games from the end of February to the playoffs. The tendon issue requires rest and rehab, while the bone spurs were - according to Rivers - a lingering issue from the start of the season that needed to be taken care of eventually.
May 26, 2009
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.
May 28th, 2009
The truth, according to Grousbeck, is the team's medical staff knew exactly what it would find during the operation on Garnett's knee last week. Though Danny Ainge, the executive director of basketball operations, said last week that surgeons ``did not have to touch'' the tendon during arthroscopic surgery, the inflamed muscle indeed was caused by the bone spur, according to Grousbeck.Though everyone from Ainge to Doc Rivers intimated during the playoffs that the two knee issues may not be related - that the inflamed tendon somehow was independent of the bone spur - the Celtics managing partner said everyone knew the truth.``There was no mystery about the problem,'' he said. ``The only mystery was how (Garnett) was going to be able to do something on it. We just didn't feel like sharing that with the media at the time.
May 31, 2009
We missed Kevin Garnett's leadership on the court," Ainge said. "I don't think (his knee) was real serious. I think it was painful, but I don't think it was real serious. There's nothing structurally wrong. He just had a pretty-good sized bone chip removed from the back of his knee. He's already feeling better, and we expect him to be back to 100 percent within the next couple of months.
June 11, 2009
I guess the good news in all this is that KG's tendon problem was caused by the bone spurs that are now gone and he should be able to heal now and be healthy for next season. That is, of course, if Wyc is telling us the truth now. That's one thing about the organization that cries wolf. You don't know what to believe any more.
--Florida Celts Fan
The 2008-09 NBA season is over. The 2009-10 season began the day KG had surgery to remove the bone spurs. For some members of the Celtics' organization, being "Belichickian" about the nature of the Ticket's knee injury served a purpose. I'm not sure what it was, and I no longer care. With the first day of training camp just around the corner, it would be nice if some member of the news media--you know, those guys paid to be investigative journalists--might supply the fans with some long needed information & clarification about the state of the Franchise--Kevin Garnett. We're the ones who pay the salaries and keep the electricity running on Causeway Street. Remember?
Enough with the meaningless generalities. We want timelines, progress reports, future milestones, and potential road hazards and obstacles. Give us something substantive.