The player said it. His coach reiterated it.
Michael Carter-Williams, in the same breath, thanked
media members who voted him the NBA’s Rookie of the Year and then followed it
up by saying he’s unsatisfied with winning a personal award. The 76ers’ point
guard spoke Monday about pining for more, not only individual greatness but
aspirations of helping the Sixers reach the postseason.
That plan took a detour Tuesday, when the Sixers announced
that Carter-Williams had undergone successful surgery to repair a labrum injury
on his right shoulder. The team said there’s no timetable for the return of the
What does the surgery mean for Carter-Williams?
For starters, it’s unlikely he will be available to
participate in either of the summer leagues. (The Sixers are expected to field
teams for the Orlando and Las Vegas leagues.) There’s no hard-and-fast recovery
time for a labrum surgery recipient, but it generally requires two to four
months. That timeline would put Carter-Williams in line to be ready for the
opening of training camp.
Beyond the summer leagues, Carter-Williams can forget
about fine-tuning his game. Monday, at MCW’s Rookie of the Year press conference,
Sixers coach Brett Brown spoke at length about the summer months being the time
when players make their most money, when they can watch gametape and focus on
improving one or two skills that had been weaknesses in the past season.
For Carter-Williams, those well-documented weaknesses
were his shooting percentage and his defense. Rehab on his surgically repaired
shoulder will prevent Carter-Williams from hoisting the thousands of shots he
was likely to take this summer. In addition, Brown’s desire to have
Carter-Williams work on his on-the-ball defense and keeping players in front of
him will have to be put on the back-burner as he turns his attention toward
The immediate ramifications of Carter-Williams’ surgery
won’t be felt in the next few months. Instead, the will bear out when the
Sixers’ season begins.
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