MCW says his labrum surgery won't hamper his progress

Carter-Williams
Carter-Williams
Posted: June 06, 2014

WITH ALL the hype surrounding the 76ers and their draft picks coming up later this month, many fans forget that their rookie of the year point guard, Michael CarterWilliams, had major surgery following the season to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Fear not, Sixers fans, Carter-Williams said yesterday he is ahead of schedule in his recovery, will be able to get the work in on improving his shot, and looks forward to see whom Sam Hinkie and company will select as his new teammates.

Carter-Williams was in Pitman, N.J., for a youth basketball clinic, slapping his left hand with youngsters while the right arm hung gingerly. He appears to be a little thicker than he was during the season, perhaps because of inactivity or maybe because his 22-year-old body is still filling out. Whatever the case, he is not worried that the injury will stunt his progress.

"It's an old injury," he said. "I can't remember an exact date, but I've had it for about 2 years. My labrum was torn, and then it grew back in the wrong place, so it was really hurting. I was in a lot of pain. I never really had the time to take off [and get it fixed] because my freshman year, I was fighting for a position to play at Syracuse. And then my sophomore year, I got the opportunity to maybe move on to the next level, and then I get here [to the NBA] my rookie year and I'm trying to build team chemistry. I was in the running for the rookie of the year, so I really didn't have the time to take off and get it repaired. I got it treated all the time during the season, but it was just an ongoing thing, and I finally got the MRI after the season and it was what it was.

"I'm ahead of schedule. I'm only in Week 4 [since surgery], and I'll be OK. I know that a lot of people have talked about me working on my shot, and I will do that as much as I am able. But I also look at it positively in that for the first time in a long time I'll be pain-free when I'm shooting. I think that is going to help me a lot right there. I'll be able to be more consistent, and that's all I can really ask for."

The boring rehab will continue, interrupted only by chats with teammates and coach Brett Brown, cardio workouts and, of course, the June 26 draft.

"I'll be at draft night and if they ask me, I'll definitely give my input," MCW said. "But besides that, I'll just be there showing that I'm one of the leaders of the team and help greet the new guys - whoever we get."

Whoever they get? CarterWilliams wasn't about to give any hints as to whom he may want to be playing with among the talented draft pool.

"I've crossed paths with some of them before, and I've watched them quite a bit," he said. "I probably won't go so far as watching tapes or anything, but any one of those guys can play. They'll come in and do great. The talent is definitely there. I'm just there for any questions they have or whatever they need and give them any advice that I wish I had."

Until the injury fully heals, that's pretty much all he can do.


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