Jul 13

Elliot Williams Practices With Summer Squad, Cleared For Everything But Full Contact

By sarahhecht Posted in: ElliotWilliams, summerleague

It’s been five months since Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams injured his shoulder during a team practice in Boston. The shoulder required surgery and sidelined him for the remainder of the shortened 2011-12 season, a time when the team struggled and Williams could’ve seen extended minutes on the floor.

Instead, Williams has been diligently and patiently healing and rehabbing. Somewhat under the radar due to his lack of exposure, the high-flying Williams is becoming anxious to show his talents to Rip City.

I had a chance to catch up with the 6-5 Memphis alum at a summer league practice this week. Drenched in sweat, he’d been through almost a full practice with the squad heading to Vegas and his high spirits were contagious.

Laughing through the entire interaction Williams walked through the stages of his rehab, “I started by just doing strength stuff with Jay [Jensen] like pressing against his hand, but I got stronger and stronger to enough where he moved to weights. Now I’m doing like push-ups things and just getting stronger and stronger. And now it’s basically just getting your motion back and shooting more. I’m starting to shoot a lot, coming in the gym and getting a lot of shots up, getting you shoulder back into the shooting motion.”

As of today his rehab has progressed to doing everything pre-injury except live contact, a clearance he expects to get from Jensen come late August or September. That’s the time expects to really start feeling 100-percent.

“When you’re 100-percent you gotta go through the motions, you gotta play to actually know if you’re really 100-percent,” Williams said. “I feel great, just trying to get stronger and go through rehab still. But my strength is there and I’m ready to start playing.”

Time is the biggest factor in Williams’ push to get back on the court, a goal that now falls into the sooner rather than later category.

Interim Head Coach Kaleb Canales gave Williams’ progress his endorsement with a smile. He was asked how Williams looked during practice and all he could do was laugh, “He looked like Elliot.”

To me, that says it all. See you soon EWill.

Feast your eyes of a photo gallery of summer league practices here.


  1. Hey Miss Sarah: since I am usually the first to comment, you must be thinking I am a fan of yours, Well it appears you are.
    I watched your interview with EW yesterday and was happy to read that his and LaMarcus rehab is going on at the same pace.
    You didn't mention your other interviews, but it sound like all the other Summer league players are getting cranked up and ready to go.

    I am excited about all our new players and maybe some I haven't heard about. Now to get Batum aboard and we will be on our way

    by Hg on 7/13/2012 9:48 AM
  2. Is the Summer league roster set? or can we add EW to it?

    by Shashank Bathula on 7/13/2012 10:19 AM
  3. @Shashank Bathula: EWill said he would be there and at all the practices, but the Blazers will not let him play, and he feels that is wise.

    by Hg on 7/13/2012 10:22 AM
  4. Awesome ! I hope he gets a good amount of minutes next season. Around 15-18 minutes. I think he has the potential to avg 7-8 points off the bench. Which would be great. Him, Hickson, Claver, Smith, has the potential to be a lethal bench.

    by Siccolo on 7/13/2012 11:13 AM
  5. What an awesome sight seeing Elliot"Slice and Dice"Williams active again.Did you see the height and strength of the slam he put down?He can and will be a beast this coming year.

    by J.r. Hardy on 7/13/2012 2:38 PM
  6. E-Will should have a great season because he is an awesome ball player. I think he will (E-Will) compete for the starting position by the all-star break and Barton is capable of taking the starting spot as well, so Matthews better raise his game with two guys on his heels who are hungry and very talented. I have a feeling that by the trade deadline there will be a lot of teams trying to trade for all three of our SG's.

    by mbmurr1 on 7/15/2012 9:57 PM
  7. Man guys, even tho' we haven't rly landed in big names in free agency, I think we're setting pretty good for the next few years........ ;)
    Think how crazy athletic this teams gonna be........
    Elliot....Lillard......Leonard......L.A........Matthews........ ;
    don't know much about the foreign guys, but bigs who can play, shoot, defend are always a nice addition.......
    I think were gonna be better than most think & surprise a lot of people!! : )

    by Drummer05 on 7/17/2012 7:02 AM
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