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Nets’ Deron Williams to have surgery on both ankles next Tuesday

May 22, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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Deron Williams was in the Nets training room — and at the doctor’s office — a lot this season to keep his ankles pain-free enough for him to play (in 64 games). Three times this season Williams had PRP blood platelet injections and cortisone injections in his ankle. In addition, he had an anti-inflammatory injection before Game 7 against the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.

Now, as Williams himself predicted, he will have surgery on both ankles — the procedures will take next Tuesday, the team announced Thursday.

“Deron will undergo surgery on both ankles next Tuesday,” Nets’ foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley said in a released statement. “He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle. Deron is expected to make a full recovery.”

Williams is expected to be ready to go for the Nets training camp in the fall.

This past season Williams averaged 16 points a game on a true shooting percentage of .564, plus he had 6.1 assists to 2.2 turnovers a game. He’s still a good point guard, certainly above average in the league.

However he is getting paid like an elite point guard — the Nets owe him $63 million over the next three seasons. The Nets need him to be closer to elite next season if they are going to improve on this season’s 44 wins and second round playoff exit.

  1. nfl4days - May 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    63 mil?????? Wow, the Nets are stupid.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Not stupid; stupid rich with Russia tycoon money.

  2. pharohislife - May 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    His ankles need to have surgery on him.

  3. rrhoe - May 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I was never too high on D-Will but if he can come to training camp IN shape and not the usual “playing his way into shape” thing he seems to prefer,maybe he could resemble a few years ago. BUT,with the surgery I just don’t see that happening.

  4. jattsoorma - May 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Who crossed him over this time?

  5. sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Some people used to think there was a question as to whether Chris Paul or Deron Williams was the better point guard…

    Per’s by season since they entered the league together in the 05/06 season

    Paul 1st season 22.1
    Deron 1st season 12.4

    Paul 2nd season 22.0
    Deron 2nd season 17.1

    Paul 3rd season 28.3 (Kobe has NEVER had a PER this high)
    Deron 3rd season 20.8 (still NOT made it to Paul’s ROOKIE season PER)

    Paul 4th season 30.0
    Deron 4th season 21.1

    Paul 5th season 23.7
    Deron 5th season 20.6 (still not to Paul’s Rookie year PER)

    Paul 6th season 23.7 (no typo, same as yr before)
    Deron 6th season 21.1

    Paul 7th season 27.0
    Deron 7th season 20.3 (hint, Deron has NEVER had a PER as high as Paul did his ROOKIE yr)

    Paul 8th season 26.4
    Deron 8th season 20.3

    Paul 9th season 25.9
    Deron 9th season 17.3

    Chris Paul has the 6th HIGHEST career PER of ALL TIME in the history of the NBA. Rare air up there.

    Deron isn’t terrible at all but he has never been close to the player that Paul has.

    Also, Chris Paul, for their careers has averaged more rebounds, assists, steals per 36 min’s of court time than Deron has.

    Chris Paul has averaged FEWER turnovers per 36 min’s of court time in his career than Deron.

    Chris Paul has a higher true shooting percentage than Deron for their careers.

    Doesn’t matter where one looks, Paul has been better. Point guard who has MORE assists and fewer turnovers… and shoots better too.

    Again, Deron isn’t garbage but I fail to see what folks were looking at when they were wondering whether Deron was better than Paul years ago…

    • smoothaswilkes - May 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Cool story, bro. Nice dig at Kobe.

      btw, I’m pretty sure that argument lasted one season and Bill Simmons was the instigator.

      • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        Kobe and Melo need to be brought down to size… yes, they ARE great players but they are both overrated…

        their fans cannot see reality, even when facts and numbers show things to be true…

        hate it when guys can’t deal with reality… they act like a bunch of teenage girls whining and complaining when you say something factual about their favorite player.

        For instance, it is a FACT that Kobe has never had a PER for a season as I said above and yet his fans get all out of whack when saying something that is true…

        One last one. Kobe has NEVER shot a true 47% from the field for a season in his career. he’s had a few seasons that round up to 47%.

        LBJ shot below 47% his rookie season. But, since then, from his 2nd season on. for the past 10 consecutive seasons he’s shot above 47% with the last 5 yrs above 50% and the last 2 of those seasons above 55%.

        And I do NOT like LeBron. I’m an MJ fan. but kobe’s fans say he’s better than LeBron but that just isn’t true. all kobe has is a few more titles, the ones Shaq provided for him (yeah, I won’t list those stats this time… have before, will again but when looking at those stats it was far and away Shaq who was the “man” in those title seasons. Kobe played the role of Scottie Pippen and Shaq was MJ in those Finals…

        other than titles, LeBron is better than Kobe.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Not sure LeBron will have the better career legacy than Kobe, except LeBron could retire before his skills decline unlike Kobe. At this point Kobe can’t hold LeBron’s jockstrap and this makes the Lakers faithful lose their minds except for Malt Liquor, who isn’t a typical homer/hater.

  6. nickmiller63 - May 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Nets’, not Net’s.

    • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      uh, it’s Nyets…

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Borscht, goulash, stroganoff, etc.

  7. detlefschrempfriedrice - May 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Getting to the point where it’s not news when Deron goes under the knife

  8. jadaruler - May 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Get well D Will. Hope he returns to his true form.

  9. rexgrossman8 - May 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Too many fat point guards in this era.

    • tuberippin - May 23, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Felton, DWill, Jerryd Bayless, Kyle Lowry, Jameer?, Shelvin Mack?…

  10. antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    He should have the doctor put in some hair plugs while he’s at it. That comb-over is getting ridiculous.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Theiy’re not plug these days. They’re micro incisions! Look at someone’s head who recently had a procedure and you might not even notice. Signed, Mr. Bosley

      • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        heh. thanks for the update. and good luck with your hairline!

  11. cantonb0und13 - May 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    BREAKING: Knicks will trade for Deron Williams.

    • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      yep, gonna offer them their 2029 first round pick…

      Phil, you haven’t even sat down at the dinner table there yet and the meal has already been burned, messed up, ruined etc…

      you can’t give the head coaching job away, not even to a man whose NEVER coached before…

      at least MeHog/MeBrick will leave… otherwise it was game set and match for you… (right now it’s only game, set and matc…) just need that H and it stands for Hades…which is where you’ve woken up and found yourself at…

      what did the Devil give you again? $12 million per… really? that’s all? you weren’t going to go hungry before that money. you don’t have children. did he give you new hips and knees maybe? and you just haven’t told us and you’re gonna surprise everyone and coach the Knickeroaches?

      I’ve got my popcorn ready…

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Yo: CantonPeaBrain impersonator: YOU GO, GUY. New Yawk SUCKS!

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