What Happened to the Muscle Strain?

ESPN’s Chris Sheridan has some specifics on KG’s knee injury. He cites Garnett’s agent Andy Miller as the source:

“He said the injury is status quo. He’s got a strained tendon behind his knee, got some loose cartilage in there, it’s causing soreness…”

Whoa, wait a minute. Wasn’t the initial diagnosis a muscle strain? This is the first time I’ve heard the terms – strained tendon and loose cartilage. I’m no doctor but rest will not cure the pain caused by loose cartilage. Won’t that hurt until doctors remove it?

According to Marc Spears and Frank Dell’Apa:

…his right knee will not require immediate surgery, according to an NBA source.

…. Garnett is experiencing soreness and has difficulty loosening the muscles in the knee.

Garnett was injured during a Feb. 19 game at Utah, an MRI the next day revealing nothing more than a muscle strain. He has since gotten a second opinion confirming there is no ligament damage, according to the source.

And Mark Murphy of the Herald has this tidbit:

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge refuted a published report that claimed Garnett turned down an offer by the team to have surgery, saying, “Surgery was never an option.”

Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune is the one reporting KG passed on surgery.

More than likely the topic of having immediate surgery was discussed – briefly. Once KG, Doc and Danny learned the recovery time would stretch well into the playoffs, they shot it down.

Bottom line: KG will have to play with pain in the playoffs. How much he can tolerate and how effective he will be is TBD.

Thanks to Ajay, DRJ for the Sheridan tip.

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17 Responses

  1. Marbury isn’t worried…his response to our Tweet:

    no worries at all as we have another month for him to get ready, if the playoffs started next week maybe but we have time.

    Don’t you just love athletes using Twitter to communicate with us bloggers?

  2. Man, it’s awesome. Steph spent hours last night just answering people on Twitter

  3. April fools?

  4. I hope the KG injury is an April fools prank… Please be an April fools prank!

  5. Wow, you weren’t kidding John. Marbury literally spent his entire night on twitter. Good to hear sound thoughts coming from his head.

  6. Bill Burt is a hack! There’s a reason why every other sports writer who has worked for that joke of a newspaper The Eagle Tribune has gone on to bigger and better things while he is forever doomed to stay there. When WEEI has no one to fill in they call him in and blast him for 4 hours. Do not listen to a thing this guy says. Complete joke of a writer! Complete joke of a tabloid, oh, I mean newspaper.

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  8. As I wrote in my original post, this will not get better with rest. It’s still a mystery why they didn’t do immediate arthroscopy to get the loose body out… there may be more going on, or it was just a plain mistake (a big one). In any case, KG is not going to be 100%, and could go down literally at any time. There’s no predicting when, and no knowing how to prevent it. Rest will definitely NOT heal this. “Not” in this case means “never”… i.e., he will have that floating body in his knee till the day he dies unless they remove it.

    He will, however, be OK someday, after they do the arthroscopy. Note that more may be going on here… he may ALSO have something else, like a slightly torn meniscus, etc., which would require a much longer recuperation time post-surgery.

  9. We need Leon Back A.S.A.P.

  10. Also– If KG “turned down the offer for surgery”, some things seem true: (1) He could not have been told that this will never go away on its own, that he will suffer forever until the loose body is removed. Or (2) they got the diagnosis wrong, at least initially, when the decision not to do arthroscopy was made. (In any case, this loose cartilage diagnosis fits the known facts better than anything else imaginable, which, combined with the report from KG’s manager, makes it almost certainly accurate.)

    (3) Danny Ainge was blowing smoke (again) when he said “surgery was never an option”. Of course it was an option. It may be been rejected, but it was certainly an option.

  11. G4– Leon figures to be key now, I agree. And here’s hoping Mikki keeps improving. But Baby and Leon are going to be key now that KG is questionable.

  12. Loose cartilage isn’t really a big deal in the long run…he can rest and get it shaved down in the offseason. But it’s going to be painful with bone on bone contact. He should be fine come playoff time though- thank god for cortisone shots.

  13. When did athletes decide twitter was the best way to interact with fans?

  14. Ever since Villanueva made news with his tweet.

    I think it’s the best of both worlds. They can sit at home like Marbury did last night and interact with fans from the comfort of their own home. There are no crowds, no cameras.

    I like it, actually. And their guard is down a little… they can actually be themselves a little more. You get more of a feel for their personality.

  15. If only, Nickels.
    The problem is that the loose body can get stuck in the joint at any moment. If that happens, it causes extreme, disabling pain, and can even lock up the joint entirely. That’s what seemed to happen on Feb 19, when he landed with what looked like a locked knee. (It can stay locked for a few seconds, or hours, or sometimes longer.)

    This is an opportunity for real drama. If our hobbled boys can rise to the occasion and win anyway, it will be amazing, legendary… something we’ll never ever forget.

  16. While I realize it is possible for the knee to lock should the cartilage jam itself in there, it’s not guaranteed it will happen.

    (sidenote: I just ran a marathon on March 1st with loose cartilage from an Acetabular Labrum Tear and the pain was bearable with the help of a cortisone shot pre-race.)

    While it’s not ideal, it is possible he play and play effectively come playoff time…..Reggie Bush played 8 games in the 2007 season for the Saints with loose cartilage floating around from a partially torn pcl before sitting out the last 4 games.

  17. Yes, Nick… your scenario is about the best we can hope for.

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