Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Doc unconcerned about D-Will's ankles
By Mike Mazzeo
Brooklyn Nets team physician Dr. Riley Williams III said Wednesday he does not think there will be any long-term concern over point guard Deron Williams' injured ankles.
Following Monday's MRI, Williams received cortisone shots and platelet-rich plasma injections in both of his ankles. There is no timetable for his return, Nets coach Jason Kidd said.
Deron Williams' problematic ankles have kept the guard in and out of the Nets' lineup this season.
“What I can say about Deron is that he’s a worker. And I just think as with another one of our players, Brook Lopez, he’s just had a little bit of bad luck with regard to his ankles,” Williams said Wednesday during an interview with Sirius XM NBA radio.
“What I can say is that I don’t think there’s anything going on with him that is a serious issue over the long haul and the guy wants to play. So sometimes you have to take a little bit more time and let things heal up a little bit before you get back out there. I don’t think there’s any serious concern about Deron over the long term.
“He certainly doesn’t need any kind of serious procedure from us. Everything he has are things that should heal up. But you guys talked about, for our team especially, it just seems like it’s been one thing after another with these small nagging injuries that unfortunately have made it tough to get everybody on the court together.”
“We’ll just take it day by day and see how he feels tomorrow,” Kidd said.
The Nets are hopeful that the treatments work as well as they did last season.
Williams averaged just 16.7 points and 7.6 assists on 41.3 percent shooting during the first 50 games of the season. But in his final 28 games, following the treatments, he increased his averages to 22.9 points and 8.0 assists on 48.1 percent shooting.