via NY Times:
When Deron Williams initially left Utah to sign his $98 million contract the fans of New York thought that they were getting the Deron Williams back in Utah. His struggles were attributed to pretty much whatever excuse he gave the media. First it was the Avery’s system, then it was the lockout and now the most valid reason of all is his injury-stricken body that is keeping him off the floor. Williams told the NY Times that he understands that he’s not in is best playing shape ever since his ankle surgery, but he plans to come back anyway. Williams underwent plasma therapy for his ankles and talked to the New York Times about his plans for recovery and mindset coming back. The most significant of Deron Williams message; telling New York fans to get rid of the notion of him playing like he did in Utah. From NY Times: “Regardless, Williams said, if fans expect him to produce the statistics he routinely put up in Utah, they may be disappointed. “It’s a different offense,” he said. “I’m not going to be doing the same things and have the same numbers that I did in Utah. But I can still have a great impact on the game.”
Per NY Times:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A week after he had plasma therapy for his balky ankles, Nets point guard Deron Williams returned to practice Monday feeling a shade closer to his former self.
Of the availability of Deron Williams, Coach P.J. Carlesimo said, “Whatever they say is fine. If he can play, great. If he can’t, that’s O.K.”
He added, somewhat sheepishly, an admission that sounded astonishing coming from someone playing professional basketball.
“I can’t dunk,” Williams said. “I can’t jump. Even if I tried, off one leg I can’t dunk. I can dunk off two, but if I just tried to dunk off my left leg, I can’t dunk.”
Dunking is one thing; Williams, who is listed at 6 feet 3 inches, was never known for his leaping ability. But the Nets hope he can get some of his explosiveness and lift back for the second half.
Williams missed the last two games before the All-Star Game break to have the ankle procedure, an orthobiotic treatment that uses an injection of the players’ own blood into the injured area to help the body repair. He practiced Monday and said his legs felt fine, although he was not prepared to say the procedure had made a significant difference.
Williams said he would be in the lineup Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, but Coach P. J. Carlesimo said he was unsure about Williams’s availability for the home-and-home series against the Bucks on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“I have no expectations, honestly,” Carlesimo said. “I wasn’t sure if he was going to practice today. Whatever they say is fine. If he can play, great. If he can’t, that’s O.K.”
Williams rested in Miami while watching the All-Star Game from afar for the first time since 2009. This season, he has been bothered by ankle, quadriceps, wrist and shoulder discomfort. None of those knocked him out for more than two games, but they have hampered his ability to perform at an All-Star level.
His statistical output — averaging 16.7 points and 7.6 assists — is down considerably from previous seasons. He averaged double figures in assists for four consecutive seasons for Utah before signing a $98 million contract to stay a Net.
On Saturday, Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the U.S.A. basketball team, told The Daily News that Williams was “not in the best shape” and “a little overweight” last summer in London, when he won his second Olympic gold medal.
Though Colangelo later clarified his comments, the critique seemed to sting Williams, who did not respond Monday. He refused to blame his injuries, but acknowledged that his ankles had been a concern.
“It’s definitely affected me,” Williams said. “If you’re going into the lane, a hard jump-stop hurts. Any hard impact or hard move hurts. I do a good job getting it warmed up; usually in the first quarter it’s great. Then I go and sit down, and it stiffens up and it’s hard for me to get going.”
Regardless, Williams said, if fans expect him to produce the statistics he routinely put up in Utah, they may be disappointed.
“It’s a different offense,” he said. “I’m not going to be doing the same things and have the same numbers that I did in Utah. But I can still have a great impact on the game.”
It will probably not be above the rim. In late November against the Los Angeles Clippers, a dunk attempt by Williams — his only one so far this season — was soundly rejected by Blake Griffin. Williams even jammed his wrist on the play, adding injury to insult.
It was that kind of first half of the season for him. Now the Nets are hoping for better results.
“We just want Deron to be Deron Williams,” Carlesimo said. “If Deron is Deron Williams, we’ll be fine. I do think if the treatment allows him to play with a little or a lot less pain, that will be significant.”