Dr. Riley Williams III (let's call him R-Will3 for short ... or maybe not) is the Nets' team physician. As such, he holds the Nets fate in his hands. On Saturday, he was part of the team that "re-positioned" a bone in Brook Lopez's right foot to help him avoid re-curring injury. On Wednesday, he spoke to Sirius XM Radio about Deron Williams' ankle(s). He said that he and the Nets don't have long term concerns about D-Will's ankle and he believes that Williams doesn't need a "serious procedure" to rectify the problem.
Here's what he told Sirius XM, as transcribed by Stefan Bondy...
"What I can say about Deron is that he’s a worker. And I just think as with another one of our players, Brook Lopez, he’s just had a little bit of bad luck with regard to his ankles.
"What I can say is that I don’t think there’s anything going on with him that is a serious issue over the long haul and the guy wants to play. So sometimes you have to take a little bit more time and let things heal up a little bit before you get back out there.
"I don’t think there’s any serious concern about Deron over the long term. He certainly doesn’t need any kind of serious procedure from us. Everything he has are things that should heal up. But you guys talked about, for our team especially, it just seems like it’s been one thing after another with these small nagging injuries that unfortunately have made it tough to get everybody on the court together."
Bondy reported Tuesday that surgery is not an option for Williams. The plan is this will heal on its own, and the injections are about pain and inflammation relief.
- Nets team doctor: No "serious longterm concern" for Deron Williams' injury - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News