Carter-Williams 'ahead of schedule' in shoulder rehab

76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

ORLANDO - Michael Carter-Williams says his rehabilitation is going better than expected.

"I'm back to shooting," said the 76ers point guard, who had surgery May 6 to repair the labrum of his right shoulder. "I have full extension and everything. So I'm ahead of schedule."

That's good for Sixers fans, who were fearful that trade rumors involving Carter-Williams were accurate.

General manager Sam Hinkie said Tuesday that the Sixers were committed to the reigning rookie of the year.

"It feels great," Carter-Williams, 22, said of the Sixers' commitment. "I've been with Sam and this team the whole time, regardless of the rumors and who said what. We stayed in communications. It's always been the same."

The recovery time for a torn labrum usually is two to four months. The labrum is cartilage in the shoulder joint.


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"It's been tough," Carter-Williams said of dealing with the injury. "Of course I wish I could be out there playing and doing what I love. But I know it's a process. It's best for me to chill out a little bit and get healthy, especially if it's best for the team."

Carter-Williams and power forward Thaddeus Young were on the bench Wednesday for the Sixers' 92-86 Orlando Pro Summer League victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Carter-Williams also plans to accompany the Sixers when they play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins Friday.