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Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
Position: None
Born: 05/05/88
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:260 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Vitor Faverani said Saturday he still has no idea when he will return to the Celtics’ lineup after missing the past nine months following separate knee surgeries. Faverani, once projected to be the team’s starting center, spoke to reporters for the first time since a second left knee surgery last month. Faverani said he hasn’t played basketball since tearing his left meniscus during an NBA D-League appearance in February.
Ainge said he expects second-year center Vitor Faverani to return stateside with the team on Thursday. Faverani underwent a second knee surgery in Spain earlier this month and has done the initial part of his rehab there. Ainge said Faverani is being accompanied by a team trainer and Ainge’s son, Austin, the team’s director of player personnel (who doubles as a translator). “We’re trying to make the transition for [Favearni] easy coming back here and seeing what they are doing from a rehab standpoint over there,” said Danny Ainge, before quipping, “I think they are enjoying the sunshine in Seville.” Ainge wasn’t certain on Faverani’s timeline moving forward, but estimated that he’d need another two weeks to a month of rehab before being ready to return to practice.
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Faverani, who entered training camp expecting to compete for the starting center spot, last played for the Celtics in February. With 16 guaranteed contracts and 15 roster spots, the Celtics will likely have to decide between Faverani and recent addition Dwight Powell. “We didn’t even really talk about that,” coach Brad Stevens said of Faverani’s roster future. “It sounds like it’s something where he had extra scar tissue and you got in and cleaned up. It doesn’t sound like a long-term thing, so we haven’t talked about it. That hasn’t come up in any of my discussions, at least.” Faverani signed a three-year contract (two years guaranteed) in July 2013 and had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus this past March. He complained of persistent knee soreness during training camp and has yet to participate in practice.
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Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team’s activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics’ team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling. With both Faverani and the Celtics seemingly frustrated with the lack of progress, the team signed off on Faverani returning to Spain, where he started his professional basketball career, to consult with a more familiar doctor. Stevens believes an assistant of team physician Dr. Brian McKeon accompanied Favearni on the trip. “We’re going to find out more [Sunday],” said Stevens. “He’s getting a second opinion [Sunday]. If that second opinion comes back that he needs extra work, then he would potentially have a clean-up type of surgery again on his knee on Monday. But that will not be determined until that second opinion happens.”
Boston Celtics second-year center Vitor Faverani traveled to Spain this weekend to get a second opinion on a balky left knee and, pending the results, could require a second minor surgery to alleviate lingering swelling. Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team’s activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics’ team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling.
Faverani endured swelling after the first day of training camp and has only returned to practice for brief segments since. “He could be (losing ground),” Stevens said. “But he’s frustrated because he had hopes – and we all had hopes – that he would have come back and been able to just go. And the couple times that he tried to go, his knee swelled up. We hope to have more information for at least our near-term plan of attack in the next three or four days.”
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At media day, Vitor Faverani considered himself at full strength. Despite knee surgery that ended his rookie season, he stressed he had returned to the Boston Celtics in “perfect” form. But since training camp began the center has experienced nothing but setbacks. According to head coach Brad Stevens, Faverani has already undergone two MRIs on his surgically-repaired left knee. Nothing specific or new has been uncovered, Stevens said Wednesday night before meeting the Knicks in preseason action, “but there has been something that people have said: ‘Hey we need to take another look at him.’ So he’s going to get looked at again. By Saturday I think I’ll have a lot more information for everybody on it.”