With the playoffs still going on without them, there isn't a lot of Celtics news out there. Hopefully, Danny is on the phone trying to rebuild the bench so that the starters won't be worn out by the playoffs next season. We will have either trades or signings to talk about as the summer goes by. There will also be the Orlando summer league to discuss a bit later. But there are a few things going on in the Celtic nation to talk about.
The big news is that KG finally had successful surgery. The good news is that they found no structural damage and they didn't have to touch the tendon. All they had to do was clean out the debris and bone spurs and he should be good to go in about 6 weeks. One thing that caught my attention in the Globe report was this statement:
The spurs in Garnett's knee were detected before the season but were not considered serious enough to warrant surgery.
They knew about the spurs before the season and let them go. I think those spurs were bothering him quite a while before he went down with the tendon injury in February. I remember the questions about the sleeve he suddenly started wearing early in the season and there were mentions of knee pain from time to time. It is entirely possible that the spurs and the fact that he had to move differently caused the tendon problem. And once the tendon was strained, the spurs kept the tendon from healing.
Now the question I have is this: Doc mentioned that Pierce was playing with bone spurs on his ankle and may need surgery. We haven't heard anything about any surgery to clean out his bone spurs. It would seem to me that they should learn from this season with KG. When you have bone spurs, it is best to get rid of them because sooner or later they may cause problems. It seems that it would be best for Pierce to take care of these now and not take a chance on them flaring up mid season or even worse, in the playoffs as they did this year. It is something to think about and keep an eye on.
Several sources close to the situation said yesterday that Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo would not participate in USA Basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas because of Perkins's wedding July 25 in Houston.
The USA Basketball mini-camp includes a meeting July 22, practice July 23-24, and an intrasquad scrimmage July 25.
Perkins is marrying his longtime girlfriend and Rondo is one of the groomsmen.
Perkins and Rondo originally thought the minicamp was in June, but after recently learning the actual date, they had representatives contact USA Basketball to turn down the invitation.
By not participating, Perkins and Rondo will have a hard time getting serious consideration to play for the US in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey and the 2012 London Olympics.
Celtics forward Glen Davis, however, will take part in the minicamp despite being invited to Perkins's wedding.
It would have been nice for Perk and Rajon to be considered for the next Olympics. And the fact that they were invited shows just how much respect others have the Celtics young starters. But, on the other hand, with the injuries they both finished the season with, it is probably better that they have another commitment.
It is hard to tell how much the wear and tear of playing in the Olympics affects players in the regular season. We may be seeing some of that come into effect with LeBron and Kobe. The regular season takes a lot out of players and if they came into the season already tired, they may run out of steam by the end of the post season. Big Baby plans on attending the tryouts and if he stays with the Celtics we may get to see for ourselves what that extra wear can mean even for a young player.
I send my congratulations and best wishes to Perk and Vanity on their upcoming wedding. Way to go Perk!!!
Now that things are quieting down here at home I am hoping as the off season gets going to take a look back at the season, to take a look at the players who may be leaving, the players who should be coming back, the Celtics' free agents and some free agents the Celtics could be looking at. We'll also talk about the summer league and the draft and other topics as they come up so even though the season is over, there is still plenty to talk about so be sure to check in at LOY's Place for the latest news and rumors from the Celtics and all around the NBA!