That’s because Brooklyn’s point guard is currently on crutches as he recovers from May 27 surgery on both of his ankles. At the time of the surgery, he was expected to require the use of crutches for four to six weeks.
King said Wednesday the Nets knew in the playoffs Williams was going to need surgery “right away.”
Meanwhile, Brook Lopez, recovering from right foot and left ankle surgery, was at the team facility Wednesday. King says the center will be in Orlando for Summer League (he won’t play in those games) and progress in his on-court workouts starting July 1.
Williams began experiencing ankle problems as a Net following the 2012 Olympics. An MRI revealed that he had bone spurs in his left ankle. Offseason surgery seemed likely.
Williams struggled through the first half of the season, but a third set of cortisone shots at the All-Star break proved to be the charm.
Offseason surgery would not be required, doctors decided.
Another season of ankle injuries, cortisone shots and on-court struggles followed. This time, doctors decided after an MRI that offseason surgery would be necessary.
“I think last year it was more of a situation to try to give it time and a boot and see if that was going to help,” King said. “This year was, ‘Let’s do it right away.’
“I think he was more confident to get it done this year. When you do surgery, surgery's major. No matter how modern it may be, it's major. So I think this time it was like, ‘Let's get it done, clean him out, so we can start the year fresh.’”
Williams had spurs removed from the front and back of his left ankle, as well as a cleaning out of the ankle joint. He also had a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment in the joint.
After Williams gets off crutches, he will begin rehabilitation. He is expected to begin light court activities in August, then progress from there.