Williams' knee 'bone on bone'

Updated: October 16, 2004, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors point guard Alvin Williams lost his starting job because of an injured right knee. Now, he's worried he might need season-ending surgery.

Alvin Williams

"Right now, I'm not even practicing," Williams said Saturday.

Williams missed Toronto's first preseason game on Friday and won't play Sunday against Philadelphia. He doesn't have much cartilage left in the knee, and he thinks an operation that will sideline him for six months is inevitable.

"It's bone on bone," he said. "Eventually, I probably have to get it done."

Williams underwent arthroscopic surgery in February, but it didn't alleviate the pain. He missed 26 games last season.

He opted to rehab the knee, instead of another operation, by strengthening the muscles around it. He practiced until the pain became unbearable last week.

Williams says he'll continue his rehabilitation before deciding on surgery.

"It's frustrating, but I can't walk around the team and be depressed," he said. "I just want to come in here and be supportive."

He knows he's lost his starting job.

"That's gone already," he said. "I'm not playing."

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