Sunday, October 20, 2013
D-Will on injury: 'It's frustrating'
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, riding a stationary bike prior to Sunday’s open practice at Barclays Center, expressed his frustration over not being fully healthy.
Williams is still recovering from a sprained right ankle he suffered during an offseason workout in Utah. He has been limited in practice and has yet to play in a preseason game.
There is no definitive timetable for his return.
“It’s frustrating having to sit out, frustrating having to watch them play games in the preseason. Really, practice, practice has been fun to watch; but also frustrating to watch because I can’t be out there,” Williams said.
“They’ve had a lot of battles out there, a lot of great practices and I want to be a part of them. So at times I feel like I’m not part of this team right now because I’m not out there, I want to be a part of this team when I am practicing.”
Williams said his goal is still to play in the team’s regular-season opener on Oct. 30.
Whether he does, however, remains to be seen. He figures he’ll need to participate in a full contact-practice and perhaps do some scrimmaging before he does.
“I would think you’d have to do that, so when that happens I’ll let you guys know,” he said.
Williams is concerned about getting acclimated to coach Jason Kidd’s system.
“I still got my iPad loaded with plays, defensive schemes, so I’m definitely comfortable,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of 5-on-0 stuff I just haven’t been doing 5-on-5. I have a pretty good feel, stuff that San Antonio ran and the Mavs ran. I know most of the NBA playbook; it’s a matter of getting comfortable with the guys.”
Williams told reporters that he appreciates their concern for his health. He said that four times.
Answering repeated questions about your status cannot be fun. Until there are definitive answers as to when he’ll be back -- even participating in a full-contact practice -- those questions are going to continue on a daily basis.
“Every day its getting better,” Williams said. “We’re just being really pre-cautious. Even KG [Kevin Garnett] and Paul [Pierce] know how much I want to get out on the court right now. But I’m just listening to everybody’s advice and making sure I’m 110 percent and there’s not going to be any lingering effects. I [don’t want to] go out here and tweak my ankle and I’m set back another month. I don’t want to do that. That’s what we’re doing right now.”