Deron Williams' right foot was in a walking boot, forcing him to miss out on playing in his charity dodge ball tournament Thursday. But he said it won't keep him from going all out in training camp or playing in the Nets' regular-season opener.
"Basically, this is just preventative,'' Williams said. "They have me in it now so I don't have to worry about it when the season starts.
"It's frustrating because I want to be hooping with the guys right now. I want to play in this. It's frustrating. I have to deal with [the media] speculating. It is what it is. As long as I'm ready for October, that's all that matters to me. But I'll be ready for it.''
Williams suffered a sprained right ankle and a bone bruise about 2½ weeks ago while working out. He said he worked out the following day and continued working out on it, but when he told Nets trainer Tim Walsh he had some pain in his ankle, Walsh sent Williams for an MRI.
Williams, who was hampered by ankle injuries last season, said he will undergo another MRI next week, but he doesn't expect to be in the boot much longer. The Nets start training camp Oct. 1 at Duke University and open the season Oct. 30 against Cleveland.
"If it's up to me, I'd be walking around right now,'' he said. "I could walk fine. It doesn't hurt. It's just protecting me from myself, I guess.''
When asked if he thinks he'll go full during training camp, Williams said, "That's my plan.''
Although Williams wasn't able to participate in his first Dodge Barrage in New York that benefits his "Point of Hope Foundation,'' and raises money for children with autism, the Nets were well represented.
Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston, Mason Plumlee, Alan Anderson, Tyshawn Taylor, coach Jason Kidd and GM Billy King were among the Nets at Basketball City to support Williams, who had some fun at the crosstown rivals' expense.
Williams tweeted: "Down to the semi-finals! If you're a Knicks fan, google what that means. #DodgeBarrage"
Pierce drew some backlash from the Knicks' J.R. Smith a few weeks ago after saying "it's time for the Nets to start running the city.'' Smith called Pierce "bitter'' because he had been traded from Boston and said his "words have consequences.''
Pierce was asked about Smith's comments and responded, "Who? Who? Who? Exactly.''
Asked again about Smith, Pierce said, "Who? Who? Who are we talking about right now? Exactly. We're talking about nothing.''