Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
Deron Williams' ankle feeling better, expects to practice Sunday
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Deron Williams proclaimed his left ankle is feeling just fine and the All-Star point guard plans to practice Sunday.
Williams, who's been diagnosed with synovitis, missed his second straight practice Saturday, as expected. But he said the cortisone shot he received Thursday has worked wonders and he can already sense a noticeable difference.
"It already feels night and day from what it was," Williams said following practice at the PNY Center. "Just walking down the street, it would ache.”
Williams first felt the injury during the U.S. men's basketball team's gold-medal winning Olympic run in London. But he didn't think much of it, even after getting some treatment with hopes the pain would go away.
"It started hurting in the Olympics," Williams said. "It was hurting really bad in the Olympics, swole up in the Olympics. So, I had to get on some anti-inflammatory [medicine] and we’ve been just trying to strengthen it and get it loose. But it just seems like throughout the course of a game, it never gets loose."
"I thought it was from old age," he cracked. "I couldn’t jump off my left leg. I can't even dunk off of one leg, so I went in and got an MRI and it showed the inflammation. It was good to get the shot and now it already feels better."
Williams admitted he's relieved.
"Definitely," he said. "Just getting the shot two days ago, it feels so much better that the inflammation is gone."
However, it's something he'll probably have to deal with and manage all season, and offseason surgery could be an option.
"I’m going to have to get it cleaned up and we’ll see after that," Williams said. "I don’t think it will be a problem. Like I said, the cortisone shots should get me through the season."
Williams said the injury hurt his explosiveness and he didn't have the same lift, something that was noticeable in Wednesday's preseason finale against the Knicks at Nassau Coliseum. After months of hooping it up essentially without a break, Williams didn't mind three days off.
"I knew I had eight days [in between games], so it’s good to have the rest anyways," he said. "I’ve been pretty much playing non-stop since last season. I didn’t take many days off this summer at all, just little vacations here and there. But for the most part, I’ve been working out all summer and a couple of days of rest isn’t going to hurt me."