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KG Injury Update

In General NBA on September 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

The Boston Globe reports

The Celtics are looking forward to the return of Kevin Garnett. And Garnett is progressing in his recovery from knee surgery, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

“Kevin looks good, he’s in here working out every day,” Ainge said today from the team’s practice facility in Waltham. “He’s doing his training but he’s not playing fullcourt basketball, yet.

We’re taking it as slow and as cautious as we can with him. He’s anxious and he has a ton of energy, but I think he gets it. We don’t have bodyguards on him to keep him from working too hard. He’s on the program with the staff. We don’t have timetables on this. We are going week to week and we’ll make a decision on where he is.”

Is it just me or are those statements from Danny Ainge eerily familiar to the ones we heard throughout the end of the last season from Danny?

Not the most comforting thought … anyway …

Training camp is just under two weeks away now, Kevin Garnett still isn’t playing full court basketball. Will he be ready in time? Or will he be coming back sometime during the training camp? Or early regular season?

It would be nice if we had a firmer idea on his expected return date.

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  1. Bill Simmons is fanning the flames with his KG conspiracies on his twitter page:

    As I kept warning everyone all summer, we still haven’t heard that KG will be 100% again. Much less 75%.

    KG follow-up: Re-signing Big Baby after Sheed was the red flag. If KG was OK, they wouldn’t have spent $29 mill more on PF’s.

    1 more KG note: This wasn’t a typical knee injury. They had to re-attach tendons to his kneecap with staples. @injuryexpert will back me up.

    Check @injuryexpert – 3 new posts on KG. Don’t mean to be a party pooper but the local media’s refusal to discuss this story is perplexing.

    Last KG tweet: Check out my 4/09 column about the local media botching the KG story. This is the sequel.

    Three KG posts — 1 + 2 + 3 — plus two posts — 4 + 5 — on the lack of media investigation into KG’s injury.

    Entertaining stuff from Simmons — and I fully agree with him on the poor media coverage on KG’s injury up in Boston, and in the national media too.

  2. A few more updates on Garnett’s injury — up first are quotes from Danny + Doc in a Boston Herald article

    The cautiously optimistic updates on Kevin Garnett’s progress from offseason knee surgery continued yesterday.

    “Kevin’s doing well,” Ainge said. “He’s progressing. I guess we don’t know anything until we officially start going 100 percent live, but he looks good and we’re anticipating he’ll be ready for training camp.”

    Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he’s been able to tell Garnett is returning to form by listening as much as watching.

    “Kevin’s good,” Rivers said. “He’s been running, playing, jumping, talking – that means he’s back.”

    A Ray Allen quote from a Scott Souza article

    Allen said Kevin Garnett was in attendance for the workouts, and indicated he thought Garnett just about ready to come off the pick-up game DL after offseason knee surgery.

    “Kevin looks strong,” Allen said. “He’s been working and shooting. People have been asking me that all summer. Only he can tell you how he feels and how his body is responding.” …

    And Doc Rivers saying that KG will be ready for training camp in a Boston Globe article

    Celtic players agreed to begin workouts early in an attempt to improve conditioning and develop chemistry among the new players. Kevin Garnett has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee, and Rivers said, “He will be ready. He’ll be ready on first day of camp, ready to play.’’

    And a lttle more from Jessica Camerato

    He seems like the same guy to Doc Rivers.

    “He’s normal again,” the Celtics coach said of Kevin Garnett.

    Well, there is one change.

    “He’s happy, he’s talking more, which I didn’t think was possible,” Rivers said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. “He’s got his quickness back and he just looks normal again.”

  3. Gary Tanguay says KG’s knee is still hurting — he’s on 98.5 the SportsHub having a chat with Doc + KG right now.

    Second Update

    Chris Sheridan’s article

    Garnett said his surgery was a bit more complicated than he had originally expected because of the location and the size of the bone spurs that had to be removed — and the delicacy of removing them without damaging the surrounding structure of the knee.

    “No surprises other than the severeness of it — I didn’t know it was that bad,” Garnett said. “They evaluate you from A to Z, but until they actually get in there and see what the problem really is, then you know a 1-to-10 on how severe it was. It was pretty severe, but the best thing about is that I got it out of the way, and my leg is almost 100 percent going forward. Better than anything I’m playing without any pain, which is something I really haven’t had for some time now.”

    Asked to elaborate on what he meant by “severeness,” Garnett looked down at the interview table in front of him and drew an analogy, saying the bone spurs were expected to be the size of a tape recorder but ended up being more like a microphone.

  4. Good interview with KG in the Boston Globe

    “I don’t have any knee problems. I don’t have any knee problems. I’m not trying to get in depth with my injury and all that but the things are bothering me are secondary and not even primary. So I’m excited about that because it’s nothing be strengthening the knee and playing again. You gotta remember, I have been out since what, March? I haven’t done anything since then. I have just been rehabbing, strengthing. Nothing simulates basketball play. The pounding, the churning, the reactions, the stuff you have to react to in games you can’t get that in trying to that with the rehab and the trainers and all that other stuff.

    “I feel really good, I wouldn’t (BS) you guys if I was hurting I would tell you. I’m pretty straight up with everything that’s going on with me. I feel good. I’m excited about how we are and I’m just trying to get my part together to make sure I’m ready for when we need to be like we need to be.”

    Also, he’s been improving physically as training camp has gone on

    The things I couldn’t do four, five days ago, I can do today, When were in a drill and we were doing some lob stuff, some five-on-five stuff and some of the moves and cuts with the ball and me stepping back and pushing off, I couldn’t four to five, seven days ago and every day I’m getting stronger and every day I’m getting better, just trying to climb on top of the ladder.”

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