While the Miami Heat were announcing forward Justise Winslow underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Winslow posted his disappointment in the situation on social media.
Heat team physician, Harlan Selesnick, performed the 80 minutes procedure at Doctors Hospital in Miami. Winslow will be in a sling for six weeks before beginning rehab. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, Winslow said it’s an “understatement” to say he is “disappointed,” adding, “it hurts that I can’t be there for my teammates, the coaching staff and our fans.”
Winslow went on to say surgery is what is best for his career. “I will be back – in the meantime, I will dedicate myself to the rehab process and will find a way to support my teammates and make my team better.”
He then thanked everybody for their support.
The team announced before Wednesday’s victory in Sacramento that Winslow was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his non-shooting shoulder and would have surgery. Winslow was injured on the final play of Miami’s loss at Boston on Friday and at first believed the injury to be a “stinger” before the diagnosis came down on Monday.
“I really feel for him because I know how much time he put in this summer,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday. “He’s put in as much time as anybody.”
Spoelstra said he had a bad feeling about the injury when he was talking to Winslow on the flight back from Boston.
“I didn’t liked the way it looked as I saw it,” Spoelstra said. “He’s just a tough kid, you really feel for him.
“As he was describing it I left with just a pit in my stomach when he said it popped out and just popped it back in. But he said he’d be ready to go.”
Winslow, 6-foot-7, 225-pounds, is in his second-year after being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Duke. He played in 18 games this season, is averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.
The injury is his second of the season, having missed 16 games because of a sprained left wrist. Winslow has struggled with his outside shot all season, making just 35.4 percent from the floor, but to his credit never used the wrist as an excuse.
The Heat were looking for Winslow to take a significant step forward this season after averaging 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in his rookie season last year.