For the first time in at least two years, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will start the season without having to worry about his troublesome ankles. D-Will says his two wheels are feeling better than ever.

Williams, speaking to reporters Monday at his annual charity dodge ball event, sounded optimistic about the upcoming campaign in BK. Per the NY Times:

In May, Williams had a bone chip removed from his right ankle and underwent an arthroscopy to remove spurs from the front and back of his left ankle. Williams laughed and paused for a second when asked if he felt that much of a difference now. […] “Yeah,” he said. “Yeah.”

 

“I practiced one time, played nine minutes in a preseason game and was thrown into the fire at 60 or 70 percent,” Williams said of the 2013-14 season. “It’s definitely different this year, and I think it’s great.”

 

Williams, 30, is hoping the operations are the answer to the ankle issues that have plagued him the past couple of seasons. At times last season, he said, simply walking would cause his ankles to swell. […] “Anytime you can’t walk, you can’t run, you can’t jump, it’s hard to play basketball, especially in this league,” Williams said. “The only thing I wish is that I would’ve gotten surgery earlier.”