In an interview with MIke Lupica on ESPN Radio, P.J Carlesimo admitted what by now everyone can see: Deron Williams ankle and wrist injuries are got to plague him the rest of this season, that he won't be 100 percent in the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.
"The reality of it is he’s not going to be 100 percent this year, and I think that’s the thing that a lot of people are having difficulty grasping," the Nets’ interim coach said. "He’s playing dinged up. His ankles are not good at all, and that wrist has been a problem for him all year."
Carlesimo said Williams has been playing through a lot of pain. Previously, the Nets had not talked in any detail about how the injuries had affected Williams play. Williams took two games off before the All-Star and underwent plasma replacement therapy. He was scheduled for cortisone shots in both ankles Thursday. He expected to play Friday. He has spoken about the need for surgery on the ankles in the off-season.
"He’s a warrior," Carlesimo said. "He comes and he plays and when everybody game-plans for us, that’s the guy you have to talk about right off the bat. You have to talk about playing him and Joe Johnson."
"It’s hard for me to overstate how much he brings to the table even though … people are fond of [saying], ‘look at his numbers compared to this and compared to that’ … it would be scary to think of playing a game without Deron Williams."
Carlesimo also spoke about Brook Lopez's subpar performance at the end of the first Bucks game and then again Wednesday night, calling it an All-Star hangover. A week ago. Carlesimo said he thought Lopez would return with more confidence.
- Nets coach says Deron won't be completely healthy the entire season - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
P.J.: Lopez suffering from All-Star hangover - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York