DURHAM, N.C. -- Deron Williams spent the better part of the Nets’ first practice watching from the sideline Tuesday, nursing his sore right ankle.
The Nets are being cautious with their star point guard after his injury-plagued campaign in Brooklyn a season ago, bringing him along slowly and limiting his on-court activities. Williams, who injured the ankle working out in Utah last month, said his goal is to get into full contact drills sometime during these next couple of weeks.
“Hopefully, the next week or two, they’ll give me the go ahead for full speed,” Williams said after the Nets wrapped things up at Duke University's sparkling basketball practice facility. “But it’s not really up to me. They don’t want any setbacks. They don’t want me to go out here and step on somebody’s ankle, and then I’m right back [out]. They want it to be 120 percent before I’m back out there.”
Jason Kidd said there's no definitive timetable for Williams.
"We're just going to take it day-by-day, see how he feels, see how he responds," the Nets cxoach said. "He did a little stuff today and we'll see how he feels tonight."
Williams wasn’t the only player limited on the first day. Expected sixth man Jason Terry also didn’t fully participate as he works his way back from offseason knee surgery. Terry said he had a procedure in June to clean up his left knee, something he said was necessary.
“I had just some wear and tear, just [same thing the] body [of a] 35-year-old man walking around normal would have normal on his knees,” Terry said. “For me, I needed it. I probably should have done it two years ago, but I had it done at the end of the season.
"But it feels good, though. It feels strong.”
Terry added: “It’s been a long summer for me, but getting here with the staff in Brooklyn, they’ve been working with me getting my strength and conditioning back. I went through half a practice today, felt good. It’s old hat for me.”
Asked when he thinks he’ll be a full go, Terry said possibly on Thursday.
“But I don’t know,” he said. “It’s on the trainers at this point. Shocking the body, obviously I haven’t been able to do anything for three months, and then try to speed into it will probably be disadvantageous for me.”
Williams and Terry liked what the saw from the new-look Nets on their first day. Sure, there’s a long ways to go, but just being able to witness their product on the floor under their new coach together produced more than a few smiles.
“It’s good. I think we’ve been anxious,” Williams said. “I think everybody has been anxious to start the season. Everybody has been excited about the season and just getting everybody out on the court, and now it’s here. It felt really good to get out there today and everybody had fun.”
So much fun that Terry had visions of practicing during his younger days.
“This was a throwback for me,” he said. “This took me back about six years because again, it was intense and it was tough. But it was efficient and that’s what you want to see out of the veterans. You want to kind of whip through it. You don’t do a lot of standing around and J. [Kidd] did a great job of doing that today.”