View Full Version : Deron Williams having ankle injuries, thinking of Ankle Surgery Next Summer

10-27-2012, 04:03 PM

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams believes he "might" need surgery after the 2012-13 season to "clean up" his left ankle.

Williams has missed the last two practices due to inflammation in his left ankle, or what the Nets are calling left ankle synovitis. He received a cortisone shot on Thursday to ease the pain and will return to practice on Sunday. It's something he's going have to manage all season.

The point guard told reporters that he's been dealing with the injury since the Olympics.

"It started hurting in the Olympics. I was hurting really bad in the Olympics, it swelled up pretty good during the Olympics, so I had to get on some anti-inflammatories," Williams said in a video posted on the team's official website.

"We've been trying to strengthen it and do things to get it loose, but just throughout the course of a game it never gets loose. I thought it was just from old age.

"I couldn't jump off my left leg. I can't even dunk off one leg, so I went in and got an MRI and it showed the inflammation."

Williams, who should get his explosiveness back, doesn't expect the inflammation to be a problem going forward. He hopes the cortisone shot will get him through the entire season, though he doesn't know if he'll need more than one because he's never gotten a cortisone shot before.

"It feels night and day from what it was, because just walking down the street it would ache," he said.

Nets coach Avery Johnson said the team doesn't anticipate that Williams will have any setbacks.

The Nets open up their first regular season in Brooklyn at the $1 billion Barclays Center against the rival New York Knicks.

Williams, the only player in the NBA to average more than 20 points and eight assists per game last season, signed a five-year, $98 million contract with the Nets in the offseason.

Just 27 yrs old, could DWILL already be on the decline due to injuries?

10-27-2012, 04:07 PM
Watching him in the preseason it was kind of apparent that something was up because he wasn't cutting or driving too hard but I just attributed it to being preseason. Now that this is out it makes a lot of sense.

Now, it makes me wonder why Avery Johnson was playing him so many minutes when he had to be aware that this was nagging him.

Bad timing though, now that he actually has a solid team around him.

10-28-2012, 12:22 AM
He had ankle problems that started a few years back.

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10-28-2012, 12:35 AM
Yeah, I thought he got crossed up pretty a bad on a few occasions in the Olympics. Probably would need surgery after all that slipping and sliding he did.

10-28-2012, 12:53 AM
This reminds me of the Paul's knees are on the decline back in 09. How did that go again? He's still elite. A little ankle problems is nothing, I'd be concerned if it was something like Stephen Curry.

10-28-2012, 12:59 AM
The Knicks are looking better and better.

10-28-2012, 01:10 AM
Before this gets blown out of proportion, the man said he had an injury since the olympics, the Nets staff were able to figure out what it was, and he said he feels a lot better (from the article). He should be fine during the season and (hopefully) the postseason, and the surgery should just help him heal in the offseason. Don't understand how this is being construed as "Deron Williams declining due to injuries".

10-28-2012, 04:01 AM
Odd how the player many chose over CP3 because of his likely superior durability is the one whos most reliant on his athleticism and health.

10-28-2012, 04:52 AM
This reminds me of the Paul's knees are on the decline back in 09. How did that go again? He's still elite. A little ankle problems is nothing, I'd be concerned if it was something like Stephen Curry.

Great point

10-28-2012, 05:39 AM
I don't see it being a huge issue, I hope D-Will overcomes this cause his play style will keep him among the elite for a while without the setback of injuries.