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Why Deron Williams' Bone Spurs Won't Slow Down Brooklyn Nets Hype

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19:  Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets carries the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on October 19, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The 76ers defeated the Nets 106-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

Deron Williams is essential to the Brooklyn Nets success, but the prospect of his potential absence won't slow the team down.

At all.

Though Brooklyn's world nearly stopped when Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported that Williams may need offseason surgery, the Nets have little, if anything, to fear without him.

Why?

Because the team has too much going for them, even without D-Will.

Brooklyn completely revamped its roster and has arguably four other stars on its team in Joe Johnson, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace.

Though Williams' absence would not be ideal, it's clear Brooklyn has plenty of firepower to perform in his stead.

If that's not enough, there's always the reality that the team is playing in a brand spanking new arena, battling for the heart of New York City against the New York Knicks, a team that is even more injury-riddled than the Nets without Williams.

And that holds true, even amidst a report by ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo, where Williams revealed he is waging a battle against bone spurs in his left ankle:

I think probably the majority of athletes have bone spurs that they deal with at some point in their career. 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.

Some would consider this a time to panic, a time to become flustered and overwhelmed at the thought of Brooklyn marching on without its fearless leader.

But it's not.

Aside from what I've already discussed, the Nets and their fans should take this news of bone spurs as a sign of relief, a reason to even increase the hype surrounding this team.

Again, why?

Because Williams is a straight shooter. He's never been one to shy away from or elude the truth, so when he emphasizes that he "may" need surgery after this season, he has no intention of missing any time during the season.

And according to Howard Beck of the New York Times, Nets general manager Billy isn't worried either, so why should anybody else?

Billy King confirmed/downplayed bone spur in Deron Williams' ankle. Says it's manageable, not a concern this season.

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) November 1, 2012

They shouldn't.

Is it comforting to know that he's dealing with bone spurs? 

Far from it, yet it's comforting to know that he isn't overly concerned with his prognosis.

If this were any other athlete—an Eric Gordon, perhaps—you may have to question the severity of the issue.

Is Williams downplaying the situation? What's really wrong? Can we trust that he isn't being overly optimistic?

These questions, inquiries into the validity behind Williams' words, aren't necessary.

As he proved during the NBA lockout, Williams is not going to sugar coat anything for anyone's benefit. He's not downplaying anything.

He's telling the truth. When he says his "ankle feels like new," we can believe him.

Which means he's prepared to make cuts, attack the basket, create for his teammates and even lockdown the perimeter on defense.

It means he is sure of his abilities, bone spurs and all.

Will his left ankle woes slow down the Nets, slow down the hype that is surrounding this team as they embark on their inaugural campaign, slow down a squad that is toeing the line of title contention?

No, not at all.

Because not even bone spurs are going to slow Williams down.

 

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