It’s extremely likely that the Brooklyn Nets will be starting the NBA season without its star point guard Deron Williams.
Williams is still recovering from an ankle sprain and bone bruise that he suffered in a pre-camp workout. Originally, it was thought that he would be back at some point during training camp, but with the season a little over a week away, you have to wonder if he’ll even be back for the opener. Right now, that answer is probably no.
[via the New York Post]
“I appreciate your concern for my health. I really do. Thank you for that,’’ Williams said while pedaling on a stationary bike, before playing in a Globetrotter-esque 5-on-0 portion of open practice at Barclays Center. He admitted full-contact is the next step for him, but he had no answers when that will come.
“I would definitely think you’d need to scrimmage before you go out and play an NBA game. I would think. I don’t know, I’m not sure. I would think you’d have to do that, so when that happens I’ll let you guys know. … Listen I think you guys should go talk to [trainer] Timmy Walsh and [team Dr.] Riley Williams, because they can answer the questions better than I could.’’
His teammates have gone on record saying that they want Williams to be patient in his recovery, but I’m sure he wants to return ASAP. He sounds a little frustrated as well, perhaps he knows he’s not going to be ready for the start of the season? Maybe.
Either way, Williams needs to fully recover before returning. I believe that this Nets team has enough talent to keep afloat until he decides (or when the doctors let him) return.