CHARLOTTE – Rookie Michael Carter-Williams
is not made of glass.
In not so many words, that’s
what 76ers coach Brett Brown said at the team’s morning shootaround Friday at
Time Warner Cable Arena. Brown does not view the injuries to Carter-Williams,
the latest of which prompted the Sixers to keep him from traveling with the
team, is a trend.
Sixth man Tony Wroten will
start in Carter-Williams’ place.
“Some of it is related to bad
luck. Some of it his body and (he’s) young and (playing) big minutes and other
things,” Brown said of Carter-Williams. “I’m sticking more with luck than a
trend. I think his competitiveness and his toughness is a good thing where he’ll
learn to get through some things as time unfolds. But these recent things, he
should be sat. He should be left at home.”
Carter-Williams stayed home to
continue receiving treatment on the swollen right knee that he initially
injured last Sunday. The rookie point guard played through it Tuesday, though
the soreness got the best of him Thursday, forcing him to become a spectator at
He’s had two injuries through
the Sixers’ first 20 games, leading Carter-Williams to sit out five games –
Friday’s against the Bobcats included. And Brown does not give Carter-Williams
good odds to suit up Saturday against visiting Denver, either.
Brown chalked up
Carter-Williams’ injuries to “unfortunate circumstances,” he said.
"We all wish
we was playing, and so does he. It’s not something that you look at as a
negative. It’s a series of bad-luck and unfortunate circumstances,” Brown said.
“Ultimately those people that can play and avoid injuries, it’s an interesting
statistic or part of persevering with people, re-signing people, chasing in a
free-agent market, determining somebody’s worth. That’s bottom-line stuff, how
many games in a long period of time do they normally miss?
people fall into that too-high-a-risk basket. For Michael, this is all early
days and part of the process. I’m leaning on his toughness and his
competitiveness. Whenever anything minor comes up, he’ll be there.”
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