Robert Williams III of Celtics undergoes knee surgery and resumes basketball activities in 8-12 weeks



Boston Celtics Centre Robert Williams III underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this week, but the timeline of his recovery has changed. Although initial reports suggested Williams would be out for 4-6 weeks, the Celtics have… announced in a statement that he will resume basketball activities in 8-12 weeks.

Williams has a long history of injuries, and most notably, he suffered a torn meniscus last season that kept him out at the end of the regular season and limited him into the playoffs. Williams is very dependent on his athletic ability. He is one of the NBAIt’s the first rim protectors and overall defenders, so getting it back 100 percent physically is absolutely essential.

The Celtics started 23-24 last season but skyrocketed to the top of the standings when they tweaked Williams’ defensive role to give him more flexibility to roam and play. The Celtics ended up with the NBA’s No. 1 defense, and if Williams had stayed healthy, it’s possible he, not his teammate. Marcus Smartwould have won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

His absence is yet another injury that Boston will now have to deal with. The Celtics also lost forward Danilo Gallinari from a torn ACL earlier in the off-season while playing for the Italian national team. Of Daniel Theis traded off-season, the Celtics will now have to lean on Al Horford and Grant Williams for even more minutes early in the season.

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