bad week for Boston Celtics got worse Friday.
A few hours after holding a press conference to answer questions about the season Coach Im Odoka suspendedThe Celtics have announced that Robert Williams is expected to miss 8-12 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
“The Boston Celtics announced today that Robert Williams Center underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies and treat swelling in his left knee,” Boston said on its team’s website. “The surgery was performed by Celtics physician Dr. Tony Sheena at New England Baptist Hospital. Williams is expected to return to basketball activities in 8-12 weeks.”
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On Tuesday, ESPN initially reported that Williams would miss 4-6 weeks by “cleaning” the knee.
It is the second time in less than a year that Williams has undergone surgery on his left knee. The Celtics’ mega man underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in late March.
Williams’ return schedule means Boston will be without a starting center until just before Thanksgiving, at the earliest.
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Williams was prone to injury Most of his career in the NBA But he made 61 high-profile appearances last season in his best year as a professional.
Williams averaged 10 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game to serve as the fulcrum of the Celtics’ defense.
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Williams’ injury schedule is the latest slap in the face for an organization that lost its coach throughout the 2022-23 NBA season on Thursday due to “team policy violations.”
Odoka reportedly had a consensual relationship with an employee within the Celtics organization.
Free agent Danilo Gallinari was expected to contribute from the Boston bench but tore up the AFC Champions League in the Basketball World Cup qualifiers in August.
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“Yesterday I had a successful ACL surgery,” Gallinari wrote on a social media post on Friday. “Now the focus is on my rehabilitation and getting back to the game I love.”
“See you soon at the stadium.”
While the Celtics have not provided a timeline for Gallinari’s return to court, the usual recovery time for a Galinari injury is six to 12 months.