Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:23 PM
Former Cat and Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo underwent successful knee surgery Tuesday that was performed by Dr. James Andrews, Celtics team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday.
"Dr. Andrews thought the surgery went great, clean, no complications, no other damage," Ainge said.
Rondo was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 27 after suffering the injury a few days earlier in a double-overtime loss to Atlanta in late January.
Ainge said Andrews used a patellar tendon graft to help reconstruct Rondo's torn ACL, and that Rondo is optimistic about a full and speedy recovery.
Ainge added that Rondo is especially infatuated with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who tore his left ACL in December of 2011, and had Andrews operate Dec. 30 with a patellar tendon graft, then returned to the field less than 10 months later. Peterson finished this past season just nine yards short of the NFL's single-season rushing record.
"And you know Rondo: He's going to want to come back faster than anybody who's ever returned," Ainge said.
The Celtics have said that they expect Rondo to be back by training camp, which begins in October.