Billy King, general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, revealed to reporters that guard Deron Williams might need to undergo ankle surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle.
King said Deron Williams received a cortisone shot to manage the pain and swelling in the ankle, but an MRI showed that he has bone spurs that might need to be “cleaned up” surgically during the offseason. In the meantime, King said he believes that the injury is “manageable.”
Williams, who sat out two practices because of inflammation in his ankle, underwent a more thorough examination when the pain would not subside.
“I think probably the majority of athletes have bone spurs that they deal with at some point in their career,” Williams remarked on SportsCenter. “I don’t know if I’ll have to have surgery. I’m just saying that might be something that happens after the season. But as far as right now, my ankle feels like new since I got the shots, so hopefully I won’t have to have any surgery at all.”
Although Williams is expected to play the rest of the season, the Nets were given unexpected time off the because of Hurricane Sandy. The Nets’ season opener against the New York Knicks, originally scheduled for November 1, was rescheduled for November 26 at the request of New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
The team had been practicing in the $1 billion Barclays Center after their practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., lost power in the storm. Power has been restored, and Williams is expected to rejoin the team for the season opener.