(670 The Score) Bulls forward Patrick Williams recently had the cast removed from his injured left wrist and is making progress in his rehab, coach Billy Donovan said Sunday evening.
Williams suffered the injury bracing a hard fall during a game in late October, then had surgery to repair torn ligaments. At the time, the Bulls set his timetable for a return at four to six months, which equates to late February to late April. They haven’t given further timeline specifics since, other than executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas telling the Mully & Haugh Show on Thursday that the organization won’t in any way rush the 20-year-old Williams back.
Donovan did provide details on what Williams has been doing lately.
“He’s got the cast off,” Donovan said. “He’s obviously doing a lot of rehab to regain some strength in his forearm and his wrist. The surgery was an incredibly detailed surgery with what had to be done, so it was really, really critical that he didn’t really do anything with that hand. And he did a good job. He’s progressing. Now the next step is him getting back his range of motion, getting back his strength – and then … when he’s not doing those things, he just wears a little bit more of a brace that he can take on and off.”
Williams started the Bulls’ first five games before suffering the injury, averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 56.5% overall. He also started 71 games as a rookie in 2020-’21. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft in 2020.
Williams has been watching a lot of film lately Bulls video staffers as the team has tried to keep him busy and engaged while sidelined, Donovan said.
Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.