Tony Allen Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery

Bobby Ryan Jr.Correspondent IJune 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25:   Tony Allen #42 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have announced that shooting guard Tony Allen underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle. Along with the arthroscopic procedure, Allen had a posterior tibial tendon repaired.

The surgeries took place today at the New England Baptist Hospital. They were performed by team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and assisted by Dr. Mark Slovenkai and Jason Rand, PAC.

A full recovery is expected with return by training camp this fall.

What this means for Allen is unknown as far as Celtics fans are be concerned.

Will he finally have a solid 2009-2010 season and be the player the Celtics thought they had when they drafted him?

Will he return to the player that showed signs of brilliance during the 2006-2007 season before tearing his ACL?

Or will he be the player of the last two seasons, who continually battled various injuries and was buried at the end of the Celtics bench?

Allen clearly has the God-given talent and all the athletic ability in the world to contribute to the Celtics. However, when it comes to Allen, it's not those things that are holding him back.

It's his mental toughness and his work ethic.

If he can get those two major things on track, along with his athletic talent and capability to be a solid on-the-ball defender and a nice scoring option, Allen may actually have a good season next year.

If he doesn't, then he will be much of what he's been so far—a disappointment.


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