CHARLOTTE, N.C. – James
Southerland doesn’t think fans have seen the best that Michael Carter-Williams
has to offer. And to those questioning Carter-Williams’ ability to gut out
injuries, Southerland can only shake his head.
“Everyone’s always going to
say something about you,” said Southerland, a rookie forward for the Charlotte
Bobcats and a Syracuse teammate of Carter-Williams’.
“He’s always been tough. He
played through injuries in college. It’s tough," Southerland added. "People don’t understand you’re
playing 17 games in a month. Most people don’t work out 17 times in a month.
There’s natural wear and tear. He’s a tough kid. He’ll get through it.”
injury, a sore right knee, precluded the rookie point guard from traveling with
the 76ers for Friday night’s game at Time Warner Cable Arena against
Southerland’s Bobcats. Two injuries in a 20-game span have forced
Carter-Williams to miss five games for the Sixers.
Southerland knows what it’s
like to have to sit and watch. He’s been reduced to three minutes of action
this season, upon entering the league as an undrafted player. He can relate to
Carter-Williams, who in addition to missing time with the Sixers due to injury
also sat out chunks of his freshman year at Syracuse while climbing the depth
“He’s a great kid. He’s one of
those guys that’s passionate about winning,” Southerland said. “At Syracuse,
even though he didn’t play much his first year, we knew he was a talented kid. He
had mental ability to stick it through, wait another year and lead us to the
“The times he did play his
freshman year, he helped us a lot. It is frustrating when you’re not playing,
especially when you’re coming in a McDonald’s All-American. But he knew in the
back of his head that he’d be the only guard the next year, and he’d be ready
to kill it.”
Labels: Charlotte Bobcats, James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams