In an interview with Jackie MacMullan, Doc Rivers was asked about Kevin Garnett’s injury. This is what he responded with to assure that we need not worry.
“Honestly, he’s fine,” Rivers said. “It’s a bone something, a bone spur that just needs to relax and calm down. I think that’s what it is. It’s his ankle. If we were in the playoffs tonight, Kevin would absolutely be playing.”
For Celtics fans, this should be concerning. Last year Ray Allen had bone spurs and was limited in what he could do on the floor. More alarming, Allen had to have surgery on his ankles to remove the bone spurs. If Doc is right, Garnett will not be 100% when he comes back, and there will be games in the playoffs where he’ll have to play in pain. This also raises questions on whether he needs surgery at the end of the season, and if he does, what does this do to his career?
During All-Star weekend, Garnett was very cryptic, making statements that gave fans the impression that it was his final season. He detracted from those comments, but now it’s time to wonder if he was being truthful. Speaking of truthful, Paul Pierce has made it clear that he wants no part of a rebuilding period, so if Garnett does need surgery and he considers retirement, what happens to Pierce? No one has brought up these questions yet, but Doc’s comment to Jackie MacMullan can be interpreted in many ways. Right now it’s best to keep everything in perspective and hope Garnett can return as close to 100% as possible.
However, after the interview, Garnett’s inflammation in his ankle now makes sense and can be identified. This is a serious injury, and I disagree with Doc’s attitude on it. The Celtics have been known to downplay injuries, especially when it comes to Garnett, and it looks like that’s the case again.