The Boston Celtics announced today that center Kendrick Perkins had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder at New England Baptist Hospital. The surgery was performed by Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon, who was assisted by Dr. John Richmond and Dr. Alan Curtis.
Perkins was selected with the 27th pick overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. The Celtics acquired his draft rights from the Memphis Grizzlies on June 26, 2003. Perkins appeared in 68 games for the Celtics during the 2005-06 season, including 40 starts. He averaging 5.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.54 bpg last season. [End] source: celtics.com
We all know that Perk will work his butt off to rehab his shoulder. All we need to hope for is that there won't be any post surgical complications.
Boy, with Dickau's achilles, with Wally's knee, with Raef's knee, Perk's shoulder, Jefferson's sprained ankles, Tony's knee, and Delonte's broken hands, we've had our share of injuries to our players.
It was something that needed to be done. Once your shoulder comes out of its socket, the tendons (or ligaments?) become loose and chances of having the shoulder pop out increase even more. And with the way Perk plays in the trenches, he'll need to have shoulders that won't bother him. Glad that this was taken care of quickly.
What I like about Ainge is that he doesn't mess around with surgery. His mentality is get it done with early so that you don't have to worry about it later.
Hey, FL12, this is DJ's chance to make up ground with Perkins. Getting a head start learning under Cliff Ray may boost his chances to beat out Perk ;D Just had to put that jab in there.
Chances are he's not going to beat out Perk. I say his chances are a bit under 50/50. But if he does, it'll be because his athleticism works better with the starting unit than with Perk in there (assuming that his game improves that much and he becomes just as effective on the glass and blocking shots as Perk).