How Worrying Is Robert Williams’ Knee Surgery?  Chris Mannix offers insight

How Worrying Is Robert Williams’ Knee Surgery? Chris Mannix offers insight

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With less than a month to go until NBA Opening Night, Boston Celtics fans received less than ideal news on Tuesday.

C’s big man Robert Williams is reportedly going to have surgery on his left knee and will be missing for the next four to six weeks. That makes him unlikely to qualify for the October 18 season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, but if he does suffer a setback, he shouldn’t miss many more regular season games.

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While it’s encouraging that Williams isn’t likely to miss much time, his injury history is a cause for concern. The 24-year-old has struggled to stay on the field so far in his four-year NBA career and his surgery will be on the same knee that required a procedure in March to repair a torn meniscus.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix gave more details about Williams’ surgery on Tuesday Early Edition.

“I checked in with a few people within the organization. A lot of what I’ve heard is that Robert Williams was taking a lot of time off in the aftermath of the final. I really had to rest that left knee after effectively playing for the biggest day today. part of two months.” said Mannix. “As he started ramping it up again, this kind of persistent knee pain occurred and the Celtics decided to wrap it up right away. Maybe we’ll miss a week, maybe we’ll miss two weeks of the season, But let’s get this done now before the games really count and stay healthy for the duration of the season.”

So, how concerned should Celtics fans be about Williams’ latest injury scare?

“I think if you’re going to put it on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say 5 or 6 right now,” Mannix said. “I mean, Robert Williams had to have surgery on his knee towards the end of last season, but he came back much quicker than anyone expected. And he’s shown everyone over the past year that this man can play through pain, that he willing to play hurt and he will do it when humanly possible.

“So it’s disconcerting at the moment to see Robert Williams go down with this kind of injury, but as long as he’s back within those first week or two in November, this will be something I think we’ll look past pretty soon. Right now, all it really is is a question about the Celtics, their bench, should they bring someone in to bolster that frontcourt?”

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Williams was one of the Celtics’ most valuable players during their 2021-22 season. He averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2.0 assists in 61 games in his first full season as a starter.

Our Chris Forsberg emphasized the need for Williams to be at full strength so that Boston can make another run next season. Until then, it’s the C’s turn to keep their heads above water for the first or two weeks of the campaign.

“I think he sacrificed a bit last year to be there, and so you’re paying a bit of the price this year,” Forsberg said. “When Rob is healthy, he’s a game-changer and he just changes the dynamics of this team. They need him healthy in June, in May, whatever the case. And so if you have to bite now to keep him healthy to get is not the worst.

“I hope Luke Kornet is ready, I hope Mfiondu Kabengele and all these other greats they’ve brought into camp are ready to try and compete for spots while this is going on. Al Horford is 36, there’s going to be a back-to-backs he can’t play How do the Celtics get through those games early You don’t want to dig the hole they dug last year and have to sort of claw your way out and run out of steam at the end to sit .”

You can check out the full Early Edition segment featuring Mannix and Forsberg below:

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