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Perkins To Have Surgery Next Wednesday, Out Until December

Celtics' center Kendrick Perkins will have surgery next Wednesday and may not see the court until December or January 2011:

The Celtics center said last night that he has been told not to expect a return to action until late December or early January as the result of major knee surgery that has been scheduled for [Wednesday, July 7].

The Celtics center will undergo major reconstructive surgery to repair tears to the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee – all the result of an awkward and ultimately mortal landing with an offensive rebound during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.


“It’s just part of what I have to do – I can get it together to get this done,’’ he said tonight before boarding a Boston Harbor Cruise as part of a Shamrock Foundation function.

“They told me to expect late December or early January,’’ said Perkins. “I don’t know what is expected from something like this, but I’m just going to go with the plan and see what I have to do.

“But after I took the MRI and found out that it was an ACL I was surprised – I have to admit that,’’ he said. “So I just have to go with things.’’

The Celtics were reportedly shopping Perkins before the NBA Draft last Thursday. Surprisingly, not many teams had any interest in a one-legged big man.