The prospect of never playing basketball again hasn't crossed the mind of Martell Webster, who confirmed Wednesday that the most serious issue has with his right hip involves a bone spur that would require surgery to remove. If he opts for it, he could be out 4-6 months in the final fully guaranteed year of his contract.
But that's a big if. This is essentially Webster's final year with the Wizards, who are likely to buy him out at just above $2 million for the 2016-17 season. He had to play in 180 regular-season games in the first three seasons for the fourth to be a full guarantee at just less than $6 million.
"Yeah, of course," Webster said when asked if he again thought about his career ending before he reaches 30. "It's not something that's daunting though because (basketball) isn't something that lasts forever anyway. But one thing I have noticed and do respect, and one thing I don't take for granted is I am in an elite group, an elite class and the fact that I'm still considered as somebody that can perform at this level there's a lot a pride in that. I respect it. I appreciate it. It's something I'll never forget.
"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."
The labrum is connective tissue, like cartilage, in the joints of the body.
While he may sport corrective glasses to fix his balance and take the pressure off of his right hip, the bone spur won't go away because of it. It should help his body mechanics to avoid recurring issues in the future. The logical part of Webster seems to indicate he'll have something done to fix the bone spur at some point.
"It's something that you would rather get done sooner than later. Why go through the whole season through discomfort, possibly damaging the labrum worse and then get the surgery after the season and then now you miss another training camp trying to rehab to get back into it?" Webster said. "Like, what's the point? That's something you would knock out now. Nip it in the bud and then potentially you got room to get back during the season (and) you're going to be getting stronger in the next offseason.
"That's not a decision that we're thinking about right now. We're just focusing on what we're doing now."