Robert Williams' Knee Worse Than Thought: Out Longer Than Expected

This just hasn't been a good week for the Boston Celtics. And that might be the understatement of the year. In addition to dealing with the drama of their head coach's transgressions and season-long suspension, they now get even worse news than expected about injured center Robert Williams.

The original 4-to-6 week timeline for Williams' recovery from his knee surgery this week has now doubled, to 8-to-12 weeks. This is due to the fact that doctors had to unexpectedly remove loose bodies and address swelling. That pushes his potential return to around Christmas or into the new year. 

Keep in mind that he won't be able to "return to basketball activities" for 8-12 weeks. It will take a ramp-up period once that process begins. We just might be looking at the 2023 calendar year for the defensive dynamo to return. 

Willaims began experiencing discomfort in his left knee as he ramped up activity in advance of the start of training camp, leading to the decision to have the procedure done. 

This is the same knee that Williams had surgery on just before the playoffs last season; he surprisingly came back relatively quickly from that torn meniscus and recorded the best defensive rating on the Celtics in the playoffs in helping lead them to the NBA Finals.

Now, it'll be two-to-three months into the season, at least, before they have that defensive presence back in the lineup. 

Williams averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks for the Celtics last season in 61 games.

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