Updates from Wednesday, July 9
''It's been tough,'' Carter Williams said of being away from the court this offseason. ''Of course I wish I could be out there playing and doing what I love, but I know it's a process and it's best for me to chill out a little bit and get healthy.''
The good news, he said, is that doctors tell him he's ''ahead of schedule'' with his rehabilitation. He just doesn't know when that schedule will allow him to be on the court playing at full speed.
He is rehabbing three times a week, as well as on his own.
It’s been an up-and-down offseason for Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers.
On the positive side, he received the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award after a fantastic 2013-14 NBA campaign. Unfortunately, Eye on Basketball from CBS Sports had some negative news to go with the honor:
Sixers announce MCW underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. No timetable for return.— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) May 6, 2014
If there is a silver lining to this news, it is that Carter-Williams underwent this surgery very early in the offseason. He is only 22 years old, so the more seasoning he can get under his belt before the 2014-15 campaign begins, the better. Ideally, he will bounce back in time for preseason practices and games.
Carter-Williams’ injury means there are now two recoveries to keep an eye on in Philadelphia.
Last year’s first-round pick Nerlens Noel did not play a single game this season after an ACL tear, but both he and Carter-Williams are building blocks for the future for the 76ers.
The team should also receive an early pick in the 2014 draft, so the pieces will be in place for a quick turnaround. However, the only way that happens is if everyone is healthy.
Carter-Williams should have plenty of time to recover, but this is still a situation the organization and its fans will be monitoring closely.