Kevin Garnett injured his knee on February 19, 2009, returned about a month later, played four games, and then we were told he needed some additional rest. One game of additional rest became two games, and one week became two weeks. On April 16, the Celtics announced Garnett would be out for the playoffs.
All along we were told that KG had two knee injuries: 1) strained popliteus tendon in right knee; 2) bone spurs in right knee. The second injury made the first one more painful, according to prevailing wisdom. KG then had surgery on May 26, after which we were told "the inflamed muscle indeed was caused by the bone spur," meaning it was really one injury, the bone spurs. Once the bone spurs were removed, wa lah, the knee is all better. A couple weeks later, Ainge added "I don't think (his knee) was real serious. I think it was painful, but I don't think it was real serious." It's all right here if you want to read it. Finally, we had the hokus-pokus about KG being 100% for camp and KG announcing he was "ahead of schedule."
Originally, the FOG AT WALTHAM was explained as tactical legerdemain. The Celtics were being Belichickian or whatever. But let's cut to the chase. The idea that Kevin Garnett hasn't run yet or that no one has seen him run is ridiculous. Doc, Danny, and Celtics' doctors have seen him run and they don't like what they saw. In fact, what they saw was so inconclusive that they have no timetable for his return.
This sounds exactly like last spring, which makes me wonder whether, in fact, the bone spurs were a side issue and the "posterior knee strain" was the real issue. The problem with that scenario is that according to reports, a "posterior knee strain" is only supposed to take a maximum of six weeks for recovery.
So where does that leave us?
Bill Walton and the Bill Walton Watch has returned to Boston, a place where players suffer injuries that befuddle the best doctors in the world.
Either that, or the Celtics' Curse I talked about before 2008 has returned. I might have to rename it "The Curse of Jersey #5."