On Monday, Michael Carter-Williams was all smiles as he received the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award. On Tuesday, however, he was having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Not many new about the former Syracuse guard’s surgery. His current team, the Philadelphia 76ers, released a statement regarding their rising star’s health:
“The health of our players is our primary concern. There were a number of healthy discussions between Michael, our medical team, several medical specialists and Michael’s representatives. After careful consideration and thoughtful research, we collectively agreed that it was in Michael’s best interest to move forward with the procedure now and allow for maximum recovery time.” – Sixers President Sam Hinkie.
The injury comes as a surprise to many because Carter-Williams hadn’t missed a game since February 1st and finished out the Sixers regular season. Former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony was dealing with a similar injury this season but decided not to go with surgery. Carter-Williams chose this route and we wish him the best in his recovery.