Rob Williams Injury: Will Celtics Center Have Surgery on Torn Meniscus? Ime Udoka Explains


Boston Celtics center Rob Williams will have surgery on his torn meniscus that he suffered in Sunday night’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Head coach Ime Udoka went into further detail before Monday’s game in Toronto against the Raptors.

“We’ll know in the next few days, just evaluate some surgical options and look at those over the next few days and we’ll know more then,” Udoka said.

According to, there are two types of surgery options for Williams.

“According to a league source, there are likely two options for surgery on the knee to address the tear. The first would be to remove part of the meniscus (a trim).

“That would involve a shorter return timetable (around 4-6 weeks), potentially opening the door for Williams to return to the postseason if Boston advances past the opening round or two. The downside to that option is that it could eventually cause knee problems down the road with more wear and tear.

“The other surgical option would be repairing the meniscus. That procedure would be a longer recovery timetable, effectively ending Williams’ season.”

Brian Robb of MassLive also goes on to note that current Celtic, who is starting tonight, Daniel Theis had his meniscus repaired in 2018 effectively ending his season before their playoff run.

“For him, depending on the results and what the evaluations are as far as surgical options,” Udoka said about Williams, “everybody else has to hold it down, wait until he’s healthy hopefully, and look at that option. So he has some optimism that possibly he can come back and guys have to step up in the meantime. We’ve done that all year.

“Hopefully he can get back sooner or later, we’ll see in the next few days,” Udoka added. “But that should give him some hope and optimism to heal up and rely on everybody else to kind of take his spot for now.”

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