Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster has a partially torn labrum in his right hip, but plans to play through the injury this season.
The injury sidelined Webster for the whole preseason, but he gave media details on his condition for the first time on Wednesday before the Wizards’ season opener against the Orlando Magic.
Webster participated in his first practice of the season on Tuesday, and said he did not feel pain until the end of the workout. After undergoing three back surgeries in four years, Webster said he would avoid hip surgery if possible. Surgery to prepare the labrum would require four to six months of recovery.
Webster has averaged 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds over his 10-season career. He had his best season in 2012–13, his first with the Wizards, starting in 62 games and averaging 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. He played in just 32 games last season after undergoing back surgery.