On Tuesday, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams took part in team 5-on-5 half court contact drills for the first time since his pre-training camp injury.
“It was good to get back out there,” said Williams, who is still recovering from a sprained right ankle injury he suffered during an offseason workout in Utah. “It was only for like 15-20 minutes, but to do contact, 5-on-5 half-court, you’re not part of the cheerleading squad. So it was definitely good to be out there.”
Even though his participation in practice was a very encouraging sign for the Nets, there’s still some doubt on when he will return. He certainly won’t play on Friday — the Nets’ final preseason game.
“I don’t see it (playing Friday) because of how slowly (trainer) Timmy (Walsh) is progressing me,” Williams said. “How do you go from playing 15-20 minutes of practice to going up and down (in a game)?”
However, a big indication on when he’ll play — and maybe if he’ll be ready for the season opener — will come when he participates in Wednesday’s morning shoot around, which he’ll take part in as well.
“I’m just gonna ice (and do) everything I’ve been doing,” he said. “When I leave here it’s usually fine. It was sore the last couple days. I took yesterday off and today it felt better. Like I said, tomorrow’s going to be telling, because this is the most I’ve done. So if it feels great tomorrow, just keep progressing.”
We should know more on Williams’ availability for the season opener by the end of the week, but by the sound of things he still has a shot at playing when the Nets open the season against Cleveland October 30.
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