He wants to try every alternative first. Or maybe just try to play through it.
But the bone spur in Martell Webster‘s hip that has sidelined him through the Wizards’ training camp until his first practices Tuesday — the thing that has kept him from trying to find his place in Washington’s new small ball style — could mean the end of his season.
“When it gets to the point that nothing’s happening, the hip’s not getting better … I don’t know just go back to the drawing board and see if surgery is the best solution after exhausting all avenues,” Webster said Wednesday from the floor of Amway Center, where the Wizards will make their regular-season debut tonight vs. the Orlando Magic.
“I played the whole practice yesterday. Felt good. Literally on my last shot, after practice when we were getting up our spot shots, my last shot is when it started to flare up again. (Expletive) I probably could’ve given 10 minutes tonight if that hadn’t happened.”
Surgery would sideline him 4-6 months, very possibly ending his season. Could hip surgery spell the end of Webster’s 10-year career? He doesn’t see it that way.
“Yeah, of course,” Webster said when asked if he again thought about his career ending before he reaches 30… “But I don’t think me not playing again is in the foreseeable future, like in the next year or two. Now I could still play. If I got this surgery it’s not a career-ending surgery. It’s just a bone spur that’s rubbing up against my labrum. If I got the surgery, just go in and shave it off so that it doesn’t rub up against my labrum anymore. It’s not something that’s going to end my career. I’m not worried about that. I’ve got a lot of basketball left in me.”
Injuries have plagued Webster’s career, including limiting him to 32 games last season — and when he did play he was not good (his PER of 5.9 is a good way to sum that up). In theory Webster could be the kind of 3&D guy Washington could use, but if he can’t get healthy he can’t prove it.
The Wizards can buy out his contract for next season for $2.5 million, and even if he were healthy a team looking to land a big name free agent — *cough* Kevin Durant *cough* — would likely send him packing to free up the cap space. If Webster is going to land anywhere and play again, he needs to get and prove he can stay healthy.
That just may mean season-ending surgery.