Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said Tuesday night that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament next Wednesday and suggested he’d be sidelined at least five to six months as he recovers from the right knee injury sustained in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.Perkins looked fit arriving to the Celtics’ charity Spirit of Boston sunset cruise alongside Celtics broadcaster Cedric Maxwell and nimbly hopped over a rope while navigating the seaside red carpet. He said he’s taking a few weeks to strengthen the knee before surgery, hoping to shorten the recovery time.
“I feel good, I’ve been here, trying to strengthen [the ACL] before I go into surgery,” said Perkins. “I’m working with [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] — a lot of leg work and icing trying to get the swelling all the way down, a lot of treatment before I go in for surgery.”
Perkins originally believed he tore the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments, but further testing revealed the more severe ACL injury. He was scheduled to have surgery last week, but was advised to delay the procedure in order to shorten the recovery. He’s walking fine, but admitted his hamstring is sore, noting he’s compensating for the weakened knee.
“I was hurt at first, to be out so long and away from the game of basketball,” said Perkins. “At the end of the day, it’s something I’ve got to deal with. I’ll make sure I rehab and come back like I’m supposed to. If I have to be out for like five to six months, that’s what it is.”
Finally, we have a time line for Perk’s return. Six months would have Perkins returning around the New Year meaning he would miss about one third of the season next year.
That is very bad news about Perk tearing his ACL though. A more severe injury than initially expected.
Update: Perkins tore his ACL + had partial tears on his MCL and PCL.