Just when it looked like the Brooklyn Nets were going to have to start the season short-handed, Deron Williams comes to the rescue. Williams returned, and played in a preseason game, for the first time since his pre-camp sprained right ankle injury.
Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes in his return against the Miami Heat on Friday night.
“Felt pretty good,” Williams said. “Happy to be back out there, that’s for sure. I feel like part of the team. I’ve been missing basketball. I love watching my guys play, but I’m sick of watching them play at the same time, when I’m not out there. I want to be out there. I was happy to be out there with them. I was excited. It was another step in the right direction. Hopefully everything will be good for Cleveland.”
Williams said his goal is to play in the team’s regular-season opener Wednesday against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
“I should be [ready], you know,” he said. “We have some tough practices coming up, so that will kind of be the telling tale. I only played [10 minutes] today and didn’t do a lot. So we’ll see. I still need to be able to get by people, a little more comfortable getting by people and having my explosiveness back.”
It sounds like Williams is back for good and after the game, Nets coach Jason Kidd (wow, that’s still weird) said he liked what he saw from Williams.
“He’s the engine. He’s the one that runs the show here,” Kidd said. “The talent that he brings to the table, he’s one of the best in the league at his position. He’s looked good. Each day he’s gotten better and stronger. I thought he went in the right direction tonight. I know he probably wanted to play a little bit more minutes, but we have to phase him in. He’s done everything that we’ve asked. He’s gone through every drill. We’ll take it one day at a time and see how he feels tomorrow.”
The Nets open the season on Oct 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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