Williams' knee 'bone on bone'

TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors point guard Alvin Williams lost
his starting job because of an injured right knee. Now, he's
worried he might need season-ending surgery.

"Right now, I'm not even practicing," Williams said Saturday.

Williams missed Toronto's first preseason game on Friday and
won't play Sunday against Philadelphia. He doesn't have much
cartilage left in the knee, and he thinks an operation that will
sideline him for six months is inevitable.

"It's bone on bone," he said. "Eventually, I probably have to
get it done."

Williams underwent arthroscopic surgery in February, but it
didn't alleviate the pain. He missed 26 games last season.

He opted to rehab the knee, instead of another operation, by
strengthening the muscles around it. He practiced until the pain
became unbearable last week.

Williams says he'll continue his rehabilitation before deciding
on surgery.

"It's frustrating, but I can't walk around the team and be
depressed," he said. "I just want to come in here and be

He knows he's lost his starting job.

"That's gone already," he said. "I'm not playing."