​Roy Williams Recovering From Kidney Surgery

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September 20, 2012

Roy Williams is recovering from a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, and it will probably affect him in the 2012-13 season, and his doctor will speak tomorrow with further details about the operation.

The Boston Herald reports that the North Carolina head coach underwent surgery on Wednesday to “remove a tumor from his right kidney,” and he might still require surgery to remove another one from his left kidney.

The report states that he could be “on the sideline” when UNC’s 2012-13 campaign begins. The Tar Heels’ upcoming schedule has not yet been released, but according to the AP, practice is slated to begin on October 13.

While receiving positive news from his doctors and given a vote of confidence to begin coaching when the Tar Heels begin practicing in October, friends and colleagues have sent their well-wishes, including current Kansas coach Bill Self, “Obviously, health is more important than basketball. We all wish him a speedy recovery to get himself back to 100 percent real soon. Roy obviously did a remarkable job at the University of Kansas.”

Randy Towner, a longtime friend of Williams who was gathered with friends when the coach broke the news at Towner’s Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, N.C., said the news was “shocking” considering Williams’ good health.

In addition, SB Nation reports that Randy Towner, a longtime friend of Williams who was gathered with friends when the coach broke the news at Towner’s Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, N.C., said the news was “shocking” considering Williams’ good health.

“He’ll be fine. It’s all scary, but the odds are well in his favor. I told him, ‘You’ve got a pretty good winning percentage anyway (.801),” Towner said.

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