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Friday, December 23, 2011
Shawne Williams healthy, back at practice

By Christopher Hunt

Shawne Williams stood calmly at the left elbow, just beyond the 3-point line, hitting 3-pointer after the 3-pointer, while his new teammate DeShawn Stevenson nodded in approval. It was a sight the Nets hope to see a lot of this season.

But for now it was nice just to have Williams back practicing. The former Knick missed about a week of the shortened training camp with flu-like symptoms. The 6-9 forward signed a two-year deal worth $6.1 million last Thursday and then sat out practice last Friday and missed both preseason games against the Knicks before rejoining the team today.

Williams said he felt great, and completed the entire practice even though team changed a fair deal in his absence. While he was out, Brook Lopez broke his foot, the team signed Kris Humphries and Stevenson and traded for Mehmet Okur.

"It's frustrating, but it's life," Williams said about missing training when practice time is limited. "Sometimes stuff continues to happen and it seems like the clouds don't clear. But they're clear now and we'll go from there."

Nets coach Avery Johnson said that Williams will continue to be evaluated day-by-day.