The Chicago Bulls said all season reserve guard C.J. Watson was playing through severe pain while the team dealt with injuries to their starting backcourt of Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton. On Thursday, it was learned just how badly Watson was hurting. Watson had surgery on both feet to repair the plantar fasciitis the guard was playing through.
It's a severe injury that has sank many careers in the past, including former Bulls forward Andres Nocioni. Former White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin is another athlete who dealt with plantar fasciitis, which is also credited with helping end of the career of '80s Boston Celtics great Larry Bird.
It's the second straight summer Watson has undergone a procedure to cure plantar fasciitis. Here's what he said of the surgery:
"It was hard," Watson said of playing through the condition. "I couldn't do all the things that I'm usually capable of doing. But I knew with Derrick (Rose) out, I had to give the team what I could."