Brooklyn Nets fans received a scare yesterday when it was reported that All-Star point guard Deron Williams suffered an ankle injury. While Williams has been seen sporting a walking boot to protect his ailing ankle, the Associated Press reported last night that the Nets believe he will be ready for the start of training camp which opens Oct. 1.
Williams' injury has officially been diagnosed as a sprained right ankle and bone bruise. He suffered the injury while working out in Utah. Williams battled ankle inflammation last season, but he was still able to suit up for 78 games. The ailment was severe enough that he received three sets of cortisone shots and a round of platelet-rich plasma throughout the season.
While it sounds like the current ankle injury is minor, there has to be concern that it could impact the All-Star's already questionable conditioning. At the time of his initial injury last offseason, Williams was said to have been out of shape. He's battled weight issues and could struggle to get up to speed if he's required to miss any time this preseason as the Nets ease him back into regular action.
What is clear is that Williams is the key to the Nets offense. While the offseason additions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce garnered most of the attention, Brooklyn will count on Williams to get everyone involved and also carry his share of the scoring load.
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