Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Deron Williams has an ankle injury.
Yes, it’s true, the Brooklyn Nets star point guard suffered a right ankle sprain and a bone bruise during workouts back home in Utah, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. Word is that he is in a walking boot, but that he will be ready when training camp starts in less than two weeks on Oct. 1 at Duke University.
If you don’t remember, it was an offseason, ankle injury, which actually occurred during the 2012 Olympics, that hobbled D-Will for most of last season and left him an inconsistent mess. It took three rounds of cortisone shots and Platelet Rich Plasma injections before he returned to normal. It didn’t even last that long either because eventually the cortisone wore off, right about time for the playoffs, and he was ineffective again. Now it sounds like we might be able to expect round two of D-Will’s inconsistency.
Just look at these splits: before the All-Star Break D-Will averaged 16.7 and 7.6 assists per game while shooting 41.3 percent and 34.7 percent behind the arc. After the All-Star break those numbers improved to 22.9 points and 8.0 assists per game as he shot 48.1 percent and 42.0 percent respectively.
I wish I could say that this is a surprise, but I’ve expected it for a couple of weeks now. In preparation for the season the Nets have been working out. Led by D-Will, the Nets held an informal team workout earlier this offseason. He’s also been active this summer when he hasn’t been practicing and was even at a trampoline park that had me reminded of Yankees’ pitcher Joba Chamberlain‘s serious ankle injury that occurred at a similar park.
Williams has an dodgeball event planned for Thursday night. He likely won’t participate in it, but I didn’t like the idea even before this news. Ankle injuries don’t just go away. It already lingered throughout most of last year. He needed to take it easy this offseason. Prepare, but don’t overdo it. It really seems like he hasn’t given much thought to taking some time off and letting a bothersome injury actually heal.