Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Notebook: D-Will, Terry limited
By Ohm Youngmisuk
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Nets opened camp with two point guards limited by injuries.
Deron Williams went through a limited practice as he makes his way back from a bone bruise in his right ankle suffered during an offseason workout in Utah.
Williams hopes to be cleared for full contact at some point in the next week or two. Coach Jason Kidd said Williams will be looked at on a day-to-day basis.
"Hopefully the next week or two, they will give me the go ahead to go full speed," said Williams, who did some shooting and went through some drills. "They want to take it slow. They don't want any setbacks, they don't want me to go out here and step on somebody's ankle and I am right back in the situation."
Jason Terry was also limited as he eases his way back following surgery he had to clean up his left knee following last season. He hopes to be ready for a full practice on Thursday.
"A little clean out," Terry said of his surgery. "Had some wear and tear."
Eat and meet: As the team has done in the past, the Nets had a team dinner to open camp.
Prior to his first camp as a Net in 2001, Kidd famously spoke to his teammates and made quite an impression on his then-new teammates by telling them that they were going to make the playoffs that season.
So perhaps it is no surprise that Kidd and the coaches took time to listen to the players talk on Monday night at dinner.
"Really it was kind of role reversal where the players did most of the talking," Kidd said.
The players talked about what they wanted to achieve and roles.
"I call it a group intervention," Terry said. "That's what it looked like. We were all in a group, everybody on this team, and the coaching staff was all in the circle and we all just talked.
"It was great to understand [how] everybody's role is defined and told what they were expected out of each other."
Coach K helps Coach K: There were two Coach K's at Nets practice on Tuesday. Coach Kidd and the real Coach K -- Mike Krzyzewski.
With the Nets holding camp at Duke this week, Krzyzewski stopped by to talk to the team.
"You have, if not [the best], one of the best, at what he does in Coach K," said Kidd, who played for Krzyzewski on Team USA. "We are very thankful to be here [and] for him to talk to us this morning, for him to give us some wisdom."
Terry joked that there was only one time on Tuesday when Kidd may have been nervous coaching.
"I don't know, Coach K was watching him," Terry cracked. "He looked a little nervous. Nah. He was cool, calm. Obviously, his preparation, it looked like he prepared very well for this day."