Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 11:49 am  |  12 responses

Deron Williams Blames Poor Play Early in Season on Pain From Ankle Injury

Nets guard Deron Williams was not exactly hooping the way a max-contract guy is supposed to earlier this season, but according to the NY Post, D-Will’s poor play wasn’t due to a slump or any mental issues—it was because his ankle was killing him: “In case mediocre statistics were not a giveaway, Deron Williams’ body language provided a clue. Leadership was out of the question. It’s sort of tough to lead when you can’t walk up a flight of stairs or take the mascot off the dribble. Welcome to Williams’ world, before the NBA All-Star break. ‘I felt like I was hurting the team just being out there playing the way I was,’ Williams, who spent the first half of the season suffering through pain in both ankles, said yesterday after the Nets practiced for tonight’s game against Atlanta — a key meeting with possible playoff seeding implications and the final game before the longest road trip in team history, an eight-game, 17-day odyssey. ‘I couldn’t move, I couldn’t stay in front of anybody, I couldn’t beat anybody off the dribble, I couldn’t jump,’ said Williams, who had a platelet-rich plasma procedure and three sets of cortisone shots, the last coming before the All-Star Game. ‘If I did find some energy or no pain to do one move, by the time I did [that] it hurt so bad I couldn’t even jump to shoot a layup. It was just painful.’”

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  • Anthony Dixon

    he been said this lol

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    sorry Deron even the tempo control side, many are better than you

  • danpowers

    i hate it. when you play banged up and people ask you why you play worse and you just explain that youre banged up everybody takes it as if you are making cheap excuses. if you say nothing everybody takes you as a bust. if you sit out to heal people take you as soft. if youre hurt you can only lose lol

  • JB

    first it was the Avery Johnson’s system and now the injury. C’mon man, when are you going to take accountability for your play.

  • danpowers

    now that he is healthy and he is doin fine, dont u think so?

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  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    The difference is night and day. It was very interesting how the whole organization dodged the issue. Props to DWill for continuing to play. Whatever treatment he had, that’s some potent ish right there. Hopefully we can go ahead and win the Atlantic now.

  • RKJ92

    no, it doesn’t account for his poor play the last 3 years though, or else ya i’d say it was an injury bug as well

  • Drig

    And who exactly is as well-rounded as a healthy Deron Williams? CP3 and ? Rondo’s out and doesn’t have a J. Kyrie can’t defend. Rose is out. Westbrook can’t control the tempo as well as DWill could. I haven’t seen too many Nets games this season so I’m basing most of it on DWill’s play while in Utah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    Is it possible that Deron is overrated yall?

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    thats 3 years ago man

  • Drig

    Or post-asg……Either works.