Just yesterday the Boston Celtics announced that Romeo Langford would miss the remainder of the playoffs after having successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
Twenty-four hours later, there’s a clearer picture on exactly how long it will take for Langford to recover from the injury and it isn’t good news for the oft-injured rookie.
“It’s going to be a long recovery from the wrist surgery,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. “It’ll probably bleed into next season, whenever that starts. Just because of the length of time it takes for that particular operation.”
Brad Stevens on Romeo Langford:— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) September 23, 2020
"It's going to be a long recovery from the wrist surgery. ... It'll probably bleed into next season, whenever that starts. Just because of the length of time it takes for that particular operation."
Langford sustained the wrist injury in the final seeding game before the start of the NBA playoffs. Even though Langford knew he would need to undergo surgery at some point on his wrist, he played through the ailment and made seven appearances for the Celtics in the postseason.
In his last outing as a surprise substitution off the bench early in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, Langford exited the contest after playing only 81 seconds due to suffering a right abductor strain.
That injury, which would have knocked Langford out of action for four to six weeks according to Stevens, coupled with his ailing wrist made the decision to shut Langford down for the rest of the postseason an easy one.
While it is unclear exactly when the NBA will begin next season — commissioner Adam Silver looks to be eyeing January as a starting point for a full 82-game campaign — Langford will need multiple months to recover from his wrist surgery putting his availability for the start of that season in question.
Stevens said that Romeo Langford was going to be out 4-6 weeks due to the adductor strain, so they needed to do the surgery ASAP because it will be a multi-month recovery and Langford may not even be ready for the start of next season in January.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) September 23, 2020
It’s been an injury riddled rookie season for the No. 14 overall pick out of Indiana. Including the playoffs, Langford played in just 39 games for the Celtics, and it looks like his second season in Boston will begin on the bench as he rehabs yet another injury.