Robert Williams reportedly had knee surgery and will miss training camp


Williams could also miss part of the start of the season.

Robert Williams III of the Boston Celtics prepares to take a free kick against the Golden State Warriors. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Celtics big man Robert Williams will undergo left knee arthroscopy, according to Heavy’s Sean Deveney.

According to Deveney, citing a source, the procedure will keep Williams out of training camp — which begins Tuesday — and possibly some of the early weeks of the regular season, which begins Oct. 18 in Boston. Williams is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Celtics’ season opener against the 76ers is precisely four weeks away.

Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in March, which limited him throughout the playoffs. After the Celtics clinched their spot in the NBA Finals, coach Ime Udoka cried Williams to “play through the pain”. Williams later told Yahoo! Sports the Celtics coaching staff assured him that he couldn’t make the injury worse by continuing to fight, and that his decision whether to play or not basically came down to pain tolerance.

“I really had a lot of knee exhaustion the last set,” Williams told Chris Haynes in the finale. “I stopped emptying it because it was useless, in my opinion. My knee kept filling up with fluid. So I kind of learned to deal with it so I could play.

The Celtics need a healthy Williams to be competitive in the Eastern Conference. Last season, they were 5.9 points per 100 possessions better with Williams on the ground, according to Cleaning the Glass, and Williams was part of a starting lineup that demolished opponents by 24.3 points per 100 possessions.

Last year, Williams signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension that begins this season.


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