Keep ’em coming!
One day after Patrick Williams could be seen getting some shots up at the end of practice, head coach Billy Donovan provided reporters with an even more positive update on Williams’ health status.
The sophomore did some work on the treadmill on Thursday, and he is close to testing out some linear running. Donovan also gave a hat-tip to Williams’ young legs, surely making it sound as if the 20-year-old has improved much faster than expected.
Check out the full quote from NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer below:
Donovan: "We feel pretty good about the way he's progressing… I guess that's what happens when you're 20 years old, you heal pretty quickly." Shouted out medical staff for keeping swelling down and Williams for being diligent about treatment. No new info on timeline though. https://t.co/1zybVUblWB
— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) September 30, 2021
One important note is that Donovan gave no updated return timeline. Williams injured his ankle on September 15th and was given a 4-to-6 week recovery range. I don’t think any of us should be surprised the team is not jumping to bump up that projection (after all, why rush things before the season?), but I do think we can be playfully optimistic about Williams returning on the frontend of that original estimate. If he were able to stick to the four-week mark, then he would be back on the floor on October 13th (aka one week before the regular season!!).
He will still have missed an important amount of preseason and training camp action, but the fact he has been able to get some shots up and continue conditioning could bode well for an easy adjustment. Let’s hope he stays on this positive track!