Williams has missed two practices due to left ankle inflammation or what the Nets are calling left ankle synovitis. He got a cortisone shot to ease his pain on Thursday and will return to practice tomorrow. The injury is something he will have to cope with the rest of the year, and he has been dealing with it since the London Olympics.
That piece of news is particularly troubling for the Brooklyn Nets season.
“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.
“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.”
Williams is very limited by the injury and can’t even jump off the leg; if Williams is not 100% this year, then it will be difficult for the Nets to get into the playoff mix.
“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.”
“It feels night and day from what it was, because just walking down the street it would ache,” he said.
The Nets open their first regular season in Brooklyn at the $1 billion Barclays Center against the rival New York Knicks on Thursday.
Williams was the only player in the NBA to average more than 20 points and eight assists per game last season; he signed a five-year, $98 million contract with the Nets in the off-season, and if he is limited out on the court, then the Nets’ playoff hopes will be slim to none.