Dexter Strickland has been playing on a faulty knee for the past few weeks, UNC coach Roy Williams said at a press conference Wednesday.
Strickland, who will still play in the NCAA tournament, has had an unspecified knee problem for the past few weeks.
“I haven’t talked to the doctors or anything, but that kid is fighting a lot of things right now,” Williams said. “Everybody’s saying Dexter isn’t doing anything, well gosh, Dexter’s doing a whole lot more than most people would, because most people wouldn’t even be playing.”
Strickland had to choose between getting the surgery immediately and sitting out the rest of the season, or playing on his injured knee, which doctors said would not make the knee injury any worse.
Strickland chose to play.