Jason Terry gets in first full practice; Deron Williams not ready yet
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Terry was all smiles Friday after going through his first full practice since joining the Nets.
"This is fun, man, this is what it's all about," said Terry, recovering from surgery on his left knee after last season. "We're on schedule. When we started this process, I said I was going to play the last two preseason games, and that's where we are now."
The Nets' final two preseason games are Wednesday and Friday at Boston and Miami. Terry came to the team during the summer as part of the trade with the Celtics that also brought Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Terry admitted it hasn't been easy waiting to get out on the floor with his new teammates.
"I've never had lower-extremity injuries in 14 years, so this is all new to me," he said. "But it's pushed me. It's made me frustrated at times. We've been at a great pace and now I'm ready to get out here in action with my teammates, not just vocally but I'm in the fight physically."
Nothing much has changed for starting point guard Deron Williams, who went through a limited practice Friday. Williams sprained his right ankle while working out in Utah during the summer. He has not played in the preseason and his status is day-to-day.
"It's not about the first couple of games. It's about the end results, man. My plan is to play the 30th," Williams said in reference to the Nets' season opener at Cleveland. "That's my goal. Hopefully, I can get out there before then. I want to get a preseason game in, too."
Williams said the cautious approach taken by the Nets' medical staff has frustrated him at times.
"It's been a slow process," he said. "It's been tough for me to adjust to. I've been [impatient with] the training staff and doctors a lot, but they're smart and they know what they're doing and they're doing it for a reason. So I have to accept that and kind of roll with it."
Notes & quotes: Terry wasn't keen on LeBron James' criticism of Garnett and Pierce. James said the two were hypocrites for leaving Boston after criticizing Ray Allen for doing the same thing a year earlier. Terry said of James: "He's entitled to his own opinion, which we don't care about." . . . The Nets signed 6-7 forward Adonis Thomas, an undrafted rookie out of Memphis . . . Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Tyshawn Taylor (ankle) did not practice . . . Tornike Shengelia (knee) was limited in practice.