Boston Celtics center Robert Williams had surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined from basketball activities for eight to 12 weeks, the team announced on Friday.
#NEBHInjuryReport Robert Williams underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies and address swelling in his left knee. Williams is expected to return to basketball activities in 8-12 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022
The Celtics open training camp next week and play their first regular season game on Oct. 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The news of Williams’ procedure comes one day after the Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for “multiple violations of team policies.”
This will be the second procedure for the 24-year-old Williams, who underwent meniscus surgery in March. The Shreveport, LA., native missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two of the playoffs. All told, Williams would go on to miss seven of the Celtics’ 24 playoff contests that saw them fall in six games to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Originally selected with the 27th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft out of Texas A&M, Williams is set to enter his fifth NBA season.
A member of the 2021-2022 All-Defensive Second Team, Williams appeared in 61 games last season, averaging 10.0 points on .736 shooting, 9.6 boards and 2.2 blocks over 29.6 minutes a night.
For his career, Williams averages 7.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 174 games spread out over four seasons.