The season hasn’t even started, but Deron Williams is already talking about getting ankle surgery next summer.
Williams initially injured the ankle while playing with Team USA in the London Olympics and because he hasn’t really taken any time off since the ankle never got a chance to heal.
“It started hurting in the Olympics,” Williams told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “It was hurting really bad in the Olympics, [swelled] up pretty good in the Olympics and I had to get on some anti-inflammatories. I’ve been trying to strengthen it and do things to get it loose, but it seemed like throughout the course of a game it never gets loose.”
Williams had a cortisone shot to remove inflammation three days ago and said it already feels better, but admitted that he would probably need surgery during the next offseason to really correct the problem.
“I’m going to have to get it cleaned up and well see after that,” Williams said. “I don’t think it will be a problem. Like I said, the cortisone shots should get me through the season.”
Williams explained that he was unable to dunk in practice this week because of the ankle and even had pain just walking down the street which is what prompted the cortisone shot.
Williams says the ankle will be fine, however it’s certainly not a good sign when he’s going into the season needing surgery. I can’t help but think that if the Nets weren’t opening up the new arena in Brooklyn, he might be considering the surgery now. But if they weren’t opening up the new arena, he probably could have rested it during the offseason and avoided this all together in the first place.