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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:43

Kevin Garnett to undergo ankle surgery this summer?

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A significant, but somewhat overlooked development in the wake of the Boston Celtics season-ending loss to the New York Knicks Friday night is the news that Kevin Garnett is likely to undergo surgery on both ankles during the offseason. One of the key questions facing GM Danny Ainge is whether or not Garnett plans to come back for a 19th season. Surgery and the ensuing rehab would almost certainly have an impact on the decision. In her excellent ESPNBoston piece on the future of the Celtics this past Saturday, Jackie MacMullan indicated that: Team sources said KG might undergo offseason surgery to shave down the bone spurs in his ankles, an operation that is not viewed as a major procedure. It is unclear whether the procedure referenced by the team sources is the same arthroscopic surgery that Ray Allen underwent on both of his ankles in the summer of 2007 before joining the Celtics. Allen spent three weeks in walking boots after his procedure but was ready for the opening of training camp and showed little, if any effect once the season started. Garnett surprised many with his decision to sign a three-year contract and return for this past season. One of the reasons he cited for returning was his relationship with Paul Pierce. His status is even murkier entering this offseason with Pierce’s future with the team in question, and the specter of surgery certainly doesn’t make it any clearer.

Rich Conte

Rich Conte has been passionately following the Boston Celtics and the NBA for almost 40 years.  That interest began with the classic Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Final, blossomed during the original Big Three era, and persisted through the lean years of the 90s and the "Thanksdad" Gaston era.  Rich has been blogging and podcasting through CLNS Radio for the past two years  and also hosts a technology podcast; The Tech Life on the Beats and Eats network.  You can follow him on Twitter @richconte and find him as a frequent contributor to the Celtics Beat Podcast discussion group on Facebook.