Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams received an injection Friday to treat what was diagnosed as left ankle synovitis. The inflammatory condition can be extremely painful, but it is only expected to keep the three-time NBA All-Star out of action on a day-to-day basis.
UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5:34 p.m. by Tyler Conway
Though still listed as day-to-day, Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams' ankle injury is far more severe than originally thought. In fact, according to the 28-year-old guard, he may need to undergo offseason ankle surgery to fix the problem.
Via ESPN's Mike Mazzeo:
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams believes he "might" need surgery after the 2012-13 season to "clean up" his left ankle.
Williams has missed the last two practices due to inflammation in his left ankle, or what the Nets are calling left ankle synovitis. He received a cortisone shot on Thursday to ease the pain and will return to practice on Sunday. It's something he's going have to manage all season.
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The Nets' public relations department released the news via Twitter:
Practice update: Deron Williams- left ankle synovitis (inflamed tissue)- received injection today and will miss two days of practice.
— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) October 26, 2012
According to the medical definition of synovitis, fluid collects around the affected area, causing severe joint pain and tenderness.
Williams has missed anywhere from six to 17 games each of the past four years. He will no doubt be counted on to carry the new-look Brooklyn lineup, most notably featuring the arrival of 2-guard Joe Johnson.
Considering the injury is only likely to keep Williams out for a couple of practice sessions, it's safe to assume that he will suit up for the season opener when the Nets take on the New York Knicks next Thursday night at home.
In case the foot injury becomes a chronic issue, backup C.J. Watson proved his worth with the Chicago Bulls as an able distributor, notching 4.1 assists per game last season. Watson can still get the ball to offensive playmakers like Gerald Wallace and Johnson, but D-Will is clearly going to be the catalyst for the Nets' attack.
Stay tuned for more on Williams' status, but it shouldn't be too threatening to the success of one of the most highly anticipated teams of the 2012-13 NBA season.