Deron Williams continues to progress towards the court. Thursday, the Nets said that Williams went through the "majority" of practice which included "some contact." Despite this hopeful news, Williams will sit out the Nets next game against the Toronto Raptors on Friday.
Nets say Deron Williams (ribs) went through most of practice today, including some contact. But he won't play tomorrow vs Toronto.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) January 29, 2015
Williams fractured part of the cartilage in his 12th rib on January 4. However, he attempted to play three days later against the Dallas Mavericks and left the game early on. Later, the fracture was found.
Brooklyn, despite shopping the point guard, needs Williams back on the floor. The Nets bench is paper thin right now and Darius Morris is not getting it done for them. With Williams back, the Nets can begin to turn there season around, for now. Brooklyn is 2-11 without him since he went down with the injury.
Meanwhile, Lionel Hollins used some extreme analogies when asked about changing his approarch...
"Do you change your approach when life doesn't go the way you want it?" Hollins said following practice. "There's some people that change their approach - they go kill themselves. But we're trying to compete, and play - I'm not trying to equate basketball with life and death, but still, there's adversity, and you have to fight through it."
"You could go lay down under a bridge and beg for money - you could do a lot of things other than keep fighting. I mean, competition is about keep fighting. Playing sports, there's going to be bad moments and you keep fighting. When you're going through them, you're trying to do everything that you can to overcome, and I think we're working hard."
Fred Kerber tweeted after the Williams news broke that Mason Plumlee was not at practice, for personal reasons, and is expected to play Friday.
No Mason Plumlee at practice for #Nets -- personal reasons. Is expected tomorrow— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) January 29, 2015