- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King confirmed Thursday that an MRI revealed point guard Deron Williams has bone spurs in his left ankle and probably will have to undergo offseason surgery to have them "cleaned up."
However, King downplayed the results and expects the injury to be "manageable."
King said the bone spurs were causing inflammation in the point guard's ankle. Williams needed a cortisone shot to ease the pain, missed two practices as a result, but expects to be fine during the season.
"I think probably the majority of athletes have bone spurs that they deal with at some point in their career," Williams said Wednesday on "SportsCenter." "I don't know if I'll have to have surgery. I'm just saying that might be something that happens after the season. But as far as right now, my ankle feels like new since I got the shots, so hopefully I won't have to have any surgery at all."
Because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Nets will open the regular season Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors.
Thursday's Nets-New York Knicks game, which was postponed due to Sandy, was rescheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 26, the NBA announced Thursday.
The Nets have been forced to practice at the $1 billion Barclays Center because their East Rutherford, N.J., training facility lost power and was flooded.
King said the facility now has power, and hopes the team will be able to practice there after they complete their two-game road trip in Florida (Nov. 7 at Miami and Nov. 9 at Orlando).
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.