According to the Delaware County Daily Times, Philadelphia 76ers' rookie star point guard Michael Carter-Williams was released from University of Pennsylvania Hospital Sunday afternoon and has rejoined the team on Monday. It is unclear if the guard will be available for the contest against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Carter-Williams did not participate in on-court drills, and will be considered a game-time decision.
Sixers' beat writer for the Philly Inquirer, Keith Pompey, tweeted this on Monday:
@MCW1 is listed day to day for tonight's game after being released from the hospital yesterday. He has plans to make this week's road trip.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 9, 2013
Though MCW is a game-time decision, Pompey indicates that all signs point to him missing his third consecutive game. He was treated by Sixers' head physician Dr. Brian Sennett and an infectious disease specialist Dr. Neil Fishman while in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Carter-Williams is currently on an oral antibiotic and the team is waiting for the soreness in the right knee to go down before reinserting the 22-year-old leader in the lineup.
"I want to play all the time," Carter-Williams said. "You guys know that. When I was in the hospital, I wish I was out there playing. "I do play through a lot of pain. But the smart thing to do is to get the okay from everybody first until I play."
"It was bothering me," he said of his knee. "I really didn't think anything of it. I told the trainers and the people and they did a great job of treatment on it. We did eveything we could each and every day.Carter-Williams has led all NBA rookies in points (17.7), steals (3.1), rebounds (5.8), and minutes played (36.7) per game. He has recently been named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month after winning the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of November 4.
"And you know, it kept getting worse. It keep getting red and you know they were cautious."
Carter-Williams is planning to travel with the team on the short two-game road trip to Minnesota (Wednesday) and Toronto (Friday). He is still listed as day-to-day.
When MCW is not in the lineup, the Sixers have struggled. The team has lost five of the six contests without the rookie point guard. Second year guard Tony Wroten has filled in for the young star, but head coach Brett Brown knows Carter-Williams is the franchise's future. Brown will also keep the future of the franchise out of the lineup to protect the him. And that is something Carter-Williams has learned to live with as he is set to miss his seventh game of the season.