After signing with the Atlanta Hawks, Lou Williams unfortunately played in just 39 games of last season, as he tore his ACL and was sidelined for the majority of the year. However, Williams hopes to be ready to go by training camp.
Five and a half months into his recovery from a torn right ACL, the Hawks guard works out six days a week in Atlanta and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.
“That is what we are shooting for,” Williams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday after a workout.
Williams is jogging and doing a variety of drills. On Tuesday, he completed a full basketball workout for the first time since he tore the ACL on Jan. 18 against the Nets, just 39 games into last season.
Williams was a long-time player of the Philadelphia 76ers before joining the Hawks in his familiar sixth man role.
This summer the Hawks are looking to reshape the roster, as Williams is one of the few players that is guaranteed a contract with Atlanta for next season.
According to the report, Williams is determined to not only get his knee right, but also clear any mental hurdles that he might have. Derrick Rose was a prime example of that this season — while he was medically cleared to play basketball, he couldn’t return until he felt completely confident that his knee would not be injured again.