Saturday, October 19, 2013
D-Will's slow healing ankle
By Nick Borges
Brooklyn Nets starting point guard Deron Williams has been sidelined during the preseason due to a sprained ankle and he is still not ready for game action with 10 days to go until the start of the regular season.
"It's just a process," Williams tells ESPNNewYork.com. "[Trainer] Timmy [Walsh] is taking it slow with me. It's not about the first couple games. It's about the end results, man. My plan is to play the 30th [in the regular-season opener]. That's my goal. Hopefully I can get out there before then. I want to get a preseason game in, too. So who knows."
Shaun Livingston has started at point guard with Williams unavailable and head coach Jason Kidd will keep it that way until Williams is ready to play.
Williams finally broke out of a long slump with the Nets during the second half of last season when all his injuries healed and he lost weight. His health is a major key for the Nets and they have no shot at making a deep run in the 2014 playoffs if Williams isn't free from injuries and in top form.