Title: Portland Trail Blazers Center Robert Williams III to Miss Rest of Season with Knee Injury
Portland Trail Blazers center Robert Williams III has been sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. The 25-year-old will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee, an injury which occurred during a recent game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Sources close to the team have revealed that Williams is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2024-25 NBA season. The surgery to address his knee issue is scheduled for early next week.
Williams, who was acquired by the Trail Blazers in a trade with the Boston Celtics that involved Jrue Holiday last September, has attracted significant attention from other teams. Especially before the February trade deadline, several organizations were reportedly interested in obtaining his services.
The 6’8″ center has gained a reputation for his exceptional rim protection skills. In fact, he currently leads the NBA in field goal percentage allowed as the closest defender. His absence will undoubtedly be felt by the Blazers, who heavily rely on Williams’ defensive prowess.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Williams has suffered a knee injury. He missed the beginning of the 2022-23 season due to a separate knee problem and also tore the meniscus in his left knee in March 2022.
Despite these setbacks, Williams had a standout 2021-22 season. His contributions on the court led to him being named to the second-team All-NBA defensive lineup and helped the Celtics reach the NBA Finals.
The Trail Blazers will have to find ways to compensate for Williams’ absence on the court for the remainder of the season. With his rehabilitation expected to carry into the next campaign, the team will be eager to see their star center back in action as soon as possible.
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