After being ruled out for the remainder of the season on Sunday, it looks like Jaylen Brown is already on the road to recovery to be ready for the 2021-2022 season.
After Jaylen Brown tweeted out a picture of himself post-procedure, Brad Stevens confirmed that he did in fact have wrist surgery on Wednesday after the Celtics loss in Cleveland. “He did have his surgery today. It went well. Every report out of the surgery was positive,” Stevens said.
It’s the same injury that Romeo Langford suffered in the bubble last year (although Brown suffered his scapholunate ligament tear in his non-shooting hand) and if the recovery timeline is similar, Brown is expected to be ready sometime in the fall when training camp ramps up next season. Langford was out for five months, but some of that time included recovery from COVID.
UPDATE: Brown is expected to return to basketball activities in three months from scapholunate reconstruction surgery.
Danny Ainge also provided an update and insight on Jaylen Brown’s wrist injury on his weekly visit with 98.5 The SportsHub’s Toucher & Rich Show. Ainge said that Brown hurt his wrist during the team’s west coast in April. After reaggravating it, the pain was not unbearable, but “concerning and bothersome.” After imaging revealed a ligament tear, the team and Brown decided to nip it in the bud and take care of it as soon as possible.
“Obviously, it’s tough losing JB. I talked to him before. He had called me. He told me what was going on and was weighing his options,” Jayson Tatum said on Tuesday. “He was just seeing how I felt. From the beginning, I told him I’m always supportive of people doing what’s best for them and taking care of himself and his body first. We’ll go from there. Obviously, we need him and we’d love to have him. Health comes first. I told him I was supportive of that and him getting surgery and getting it taken care of right away.”
Brown was in the first year of his $107 million, four-year deal. He was elected to his first All-Star appearance, averaging nearly 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists on 48% shooting and 40% from behind the arc.
For those looking for some poetic optimism heading into next season, Brown’s pinned tweet on his Twitter profile reads, “winter always turns to spring.”