More surgery for Alvin

MIKE GANTER and MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

The basketball injury gods have apparently decided Alvin Williams can withstand a little more testing.

After missing all of the 2004/05 season due to injury, Williams underwent his second surgical procedure in just over a year on Tuesday night in Birmingham, Ala.

The Raptor guard and career all-time leader in games played had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove bone spurs and clean-up scar tissue within the joint of the knee.

It's the same knee that had a microfracture surgical procedure performed on it in November of 2004.

Williams will probably require a 4-to-6 week period of rehab before he is ready to resume practising with the team.

This season he made it into one game where he was on the court for 10 minutes. On November 7th he was put on the inactive list and hasn't played since.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Little did he know, but Phil Jackson created a minor controversy with what appeared to be some very general comments following a morning shootaround. Jackson was suggesting the Lakers would like to clear some cap room so they can enter the free agent market and improve their club.

He went on to single out Chris Bosh as an example of a guy who could be available at the end of next season and one the Lakers and every other team would likely have interest in. A couple of local media members made the rather large jump from that to potential tampering charges.

Bosh, for his part, wasn't about to enter into the fray.

"It's tough to say, it's just one coach's assessment of the future. Like I always say, addressing the upcoming year, I just say the future will take care of itself. As long as I do what I'm supposed to do here, I won't have to worry about it. I always know there are other places to play. I think every player in the league knows they can play somewhere else. But if they're happy and content where they're playing as of the moment, they don't have to worry about that."


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