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Garnett undergoes knee arthroscopy

He's expected to be ready for camp

By Marc J. Spears
Globe Staff / May 27, 2009
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The Celtics are expecting the now surgically repaired Kevin Garnett to be completely ready when training camp for the 2009-10 season begins.

Garnett underwent an arthroscopy yesterday at New England Baptist Hospital that included the removal of posterior bone spurs from his right knee. The surgery was performed by Celtics physician Brian McKeon, assisted by Michael Belkin and John Richmond.

An NBA source said Garnett, 33, is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. He is expected to do rehabilitation in Boston first before continuing it in his offseason home in Malibu, Calif.

"There were no surprises," said Celtics president Danny Ainge. "I just spoke to him [Sunday] night. He seemed like he knew what he needed to do. He was anxious to do the surgery.

"Absolutely, we feel like he will be 100 percent by training camp."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in a statement, "I expect Kevin to return to active duty in full force and be that consummate two-way professional that he has shown all of us throughout his fantastic NBA career."

Garnett played 57 regular-season games this season, averaging 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks. He sustained a right knee injury Feb. 19 at Utah, after which he played in only four regular-season games and no postseason games.

With the exception of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, the 14-year NBA veteran had never played in fewer than 76 regular-season games.

Garnett had delayed the surgery in hopes he would become healthy enough to play in the playoffs, but the Celtics were eliminated in the second round, losing Game 7 to Orlando in Boston May 17.

Even if Garnett had had the surgery two months ago, Ainge doesn't believe he would have been able to play in the postseason.

"There was some hope that he would be able to play," Ainge said. "But we couldn't relieve his pain from his bone spurs. I think we'd be in the same place.

"Whenever you have surgery, there are no guarantees. He didn't want to do it immediately. The doctors were on the same page. But it's not something you second-guess now."

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