The start to Robert Williams' NBA career hasn't been the smoothest. The Boston Celtics' first round NBA Draft pick has had a couple of tough blows already.
Williams, taken No. 27 overall by Boston in this past June's draft, overslept his media call with reporters the day after the draft. He then missed practice.
Now, it's being reported that Williams is dealing with a potential injury.
MassLive is reporting that Williams has an "artery condition" in his legs.
From the report:
Boston Celtics rookie Robert Williams has an artery condition in both of his legs, multiple sources tell MassLive.
A source described the condition as, "not too serious." It could, however, require a procedure if it were to degenerate down the line.
Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES), the vascular disease Williams has been dealing with, is found most often in athletes. Because of where the muscles and tendons around Williams' knee are positioned, they end up compressing the "popliteal artery," the main one behind the knee, restricting blood flow to the lower leg.��It can lead to cramping and calf pain during exercise, per Johns Hopkins Medicine.
NBA teams - including the Celtics - were reportedly aware of this condition at the time of the draft. The big man has reportedly been playing with the condition for years.