WHILE WE STILL don't know a projected return date for 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who is recovering from spring shoulder surgery, coach Brett Brown said yesterday that the 2- to 4-month recovery period initially reported was not correct.

"I heard somebody say 2 months. I don't know where that information came from. That's inaccurate," the coach told reporters yesterday after the Sixers' shootaround in Syracuse, N.Y., in preparation for the game against the New York Knicks.

MCW, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in early May. He said Monday he was told his recovery period would be 6 to 9 months. Carter-Williams has been able to do a lot of drills with the team since training camp, but is still not allowed to play during contact drills.