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Jason Kidd says Deron Williams could miss start of season. Not good.

Oct 12, 2013, 7:58 PM EST

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If Brooklyn is going to be a contender this season — and there is that potential — a plethora of things need to break their way. On that list is a healthy and playing at his peak Deron Williams — this is still his team. He is the best player and he has to lead.

Which is why Saturday’s comments from coach Jason Kidd about Williams should worry Nets fans a little.

Williams has been battling a sprained ankle that has restricted him all through training camp it looks like that could linger beyond into the season, Kidd told ESPNNewYork.com.

“But we’re not rushing him. So if we have to start the season with him still trying to get better, I think we all feel comfortable, but we would feel a little bit more comfortable if he was starting.”

Williams has said previously he planned to miss the first four Nets preseason games at least but expected to play in the season opener. The thing about ankle injuries though is they can linger, and Brooklyn doesn’t want this lingering around when the games mattter..

Brooklyn is counting on some vintage, “I’m pissed at Jerry Sloan but will take out my frustrations on the other team” D-Will play to lift them up to contender status  (they need a few other things, too, but that is another discussion). He’s not going to play like his vintage self if he is slowed by ankle, so the right move is to rest him now.

However one of the other things this team needs is to jell as a unit and that is not happening without D-Will on the court and playing a lot. Him missing the start of the season would be a setback.

  1. louderthanwords1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Its a setback in the beginning but even without Williams at the start of the season the Nets won’t have a problem staying in contention in the East. If its January and were still talking about Williams that’s a different story.

  2. mackcarrington - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    If Williams is still carrying “Jerry Sloan” baggage, then he’s got problems bigger than a sore ankle.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Hey, it worked for MJ.

      • topdawg4ever - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Deron ain’t no MJ…

  3. savvybynature - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Is Deron definitely their best player though? I know he is supposed to be, but is he?
    Athletically perhaps, but KG is still an all-time great even if on the wrong side of a stellar career. Williams hasn’t sniffed that rare air, and he hasn’t really carried the Nets to anything since he’s been there.

  4. elcapitanfiscal - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Dwill used to beast it for the Jazz…hes been kind of a disappointment for the nets if you ask them…i bet they were expecting him to be better than he is playing for them

  5. rickyspanish - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    elcapitanfiscal

    What’s the Nets’ phone number? I’d like to call them and ask if Deron Williams has been a disappointment.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Call them and see how many playoff series they have won with him

  6. 950003cups - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    The Nets as a whole were a gutless, heartless, band of paycheck playing bums last year. They only played great when it was against the Knicks.

    FFwd to game 7: they laid down and died as soon as real pressure mounted in one of the biggest stages in professional sports, GAME 7! DWill included! Thus leading Prokhorov to the acquisitions of Pierce and Garnett.

  7. anhdazman - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I expected injuries from the older players, but Deron is already starting off the year injured. Not a good situation for Nets.

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