Thursday, March 6, 2014

Celtics' Wallace Has Ankle Surgery

Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace had arthroscopic surgeries in both his left knee and left ankle on Tuesday morning at New England Baptist Hospital and will be out the rest of the season.
Wallace had bone spurs removed from his ankle and surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The surgeries were performed by team physician Brian McKeon and assisted by Mark Slovenkai. Wallace was scheduled for postseason surgery on his ankle to remove the bone spurs that had been present since last season, but a recent MRI on his aching knee revealed the torn meniscus that required immediate attention.
"The report that I got from (team trainer) Ed Lacerte was that they did both, the ankle and the knee, and that both went well," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
This was the first time in Wallace's 13- year NBA career that the forward will be out for surgery. Stevens said Tuesday that the ankle alone will sideline Wallace for at least three to four months before he gets medical clearance to resume basketball activities. Wallace hopes to be back 100 percent by training camp next season.
Wallace was acquired in the swap that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. In his first season with the Celtics, Wallace has averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes per game over 58 games. Wallace had initial reservations about joining a team that was in the process of rebuilding, but looked fondly back on the season.
"The experience has been fun," Wallace remarked on Saturday. "Losing sucks. It always does. I feel like we're a lot better than what our record shows. We've had ups and downs, some learning curves, not only from the players, but from the coaching staff as well. Everybody learning everybody was an adjustment. But I think, for the most part, it's been a great season.
Reference: ESPN
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