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Deron Williams' ankle surgery successful
Deron Williams' road to recovery will begin with him on crutches for the next month-plus.
The Nets announced Tuesday that their starting point guard underwent successful surgery on both ankles. Williams is expected to be on crutches for the next four to six weeks, beginning light basketball activities in August before ramping things up to full tilt in September.
Dr. Martin O'Malley, the Nets' foot and ankle specialist who performed the procedure, said in a statement that Williams should make a complete recovery in time for the start of training camp.
“The arthroscopic surgery performed today on Deron’s left ankle included the removal of spurs from the front and back of the ankle, as well as a cleaning out of his ankle joint,’ O’Malley said. “In addition, Deron underwent a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment that was below his right ankle joint."
Williams turned in his worst statistical season since his rookie year with Utah in 2005-06, averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games of action in the Nets' second season in Brooklyn. He missed 18 total games, 16 coming in two separate stints nursing a sore ankle, and two weeks ago voice his frustration with his last two injury-ravaged seasons.
"It just took a beating on me," Williams said May 15, the day after the Nets were eliminated by the Heat in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. "I couldn't do what I wanted to. I can't finish the way I want to finish. You start thinking about things. So that was just the main thing was confidence-wise, it's hard to get back to where I was."