Deron Williams Injury: Updates on Nets Star’s Calf and Return

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams exited Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter with a strained calf. He was later ruled out for the remainder of the game. The timetable for his return remains unclear. 

Rod Boone of Newsday reported the news:

Williams, 30, was injured on a play in which he did not endure any contact. It was not initially clear what the injury was or how he sustained it.

A three-time All-Star, Williams’ prime in many ways has been defined by injuries and his battling through them. He missed 18 games and parts of many others last season while dealing with ankle problems. Those absences were merely part of an all-around disappointing campaign in which a hobbled Williams produced a disappointing 14.3 points and 6.1 assists for a Nets team some expected to be a Finals contender. 

Offseason surgery on both ankles gave Williams new hope heading into 2014-15. Williams came into the season brimming with hope, saying the surgeries had him at 100 percent and indicating he should’ve had the surgery sooner.

“Anytime you can’t walk, you can’t run, you can’t jump, it’s hard to play basketball, especially in this league,” Williams told Andrew Keh of The New York Times. “The only thing I wish is that I would’ve gotten surgery earlier.”

Losing Williams with his ankles fully functional is a frustrating blow. Brooklyn, though long removed from its Finals goals of a year ago, is still expected to compete for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. The team arguably made an upgrade at coach with Lionel Hollins and brought in the likes of Bojan Bogdanovic and Jarrett Jack to offset departures from Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston.

Should Williams miss time, Jack and Jorge Gutierrez will take over the point guard reins. Jack, in his first year with Brooklyn, came over in an offseason trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a LeBron James-related salary dump. Gutierrez, an undrafted free agent who joined the Nets late last season, has largely been confined to the bench thus far.

While Jack is a capable backup and Gutierrez might be fine in short spurts, any prolonged Williams absence further neuters an already fangless Brooklyn offense. It’ll be interesting to see how willing Hollins is to rely on the aging legs of Joe Johnson to prop up the attack.

 

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Williams: time to get tougher on No. 24 Tar Heels (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams urges his team on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams says it’s time to get tougher on his team.


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Raptors’ Lou Williams Is Allegedly Dating Two Women At Same Time

Lou Williams & Alleged Girl Friends

Toronto Raptors guard Lou William is trending on Twitter not because of his 18 points off the bench during last night victory over the Magics. Williams makes headlines for his polyamory lifestyle dating two different women at the same time.
We all know athletes have a terrible track record with committing to one female especially when women are lining up for an opportunity to be with a ball player. Shockingly in this case, both ladies know of one another and the arrangement. Pictures were taking of the three out in public spending time together as do normal couples would.

Lou Williams & Alleged Girl Friends

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith went to Twitter giving Williams his props, real recognize real!

LouWill if this is tru you are the man!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) December 16, 2014

 
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Williams leads No. 12 Ohio State past High Point (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State's Amir Williams, right, posts up against High Point's John Brown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kam Williams has always been a scorer. From the crib to college he’s never been afraid to shoot and has never had trouble making shots.


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Nets put Williams, Lopez and Johnson on trade block

 

Boston Celtics fans are in dire need of some good news this season, and this might be just what they were hoping for.
The Brooklyn Nets, who owe the Celtics two first-round draft picks over the next four years, have been reaching out to other NBA teams looking to gauge trade interest in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, ESPN.com reports. Those three players were the cornerstones of what Brooklyn envisioned being a championship-caliber core last season.

No trade is imminent, sources told ESPN.com, but the “exploratory discussions” indicate change could be coming for the Nets, who paid $190 million is salary and luxury tax last season only to be knocked out by the Miami Heat in five games in the second round of the playoffs. The Nets “aren’t looking to merely dump salary,” according to the report, but given the high price tags of all three players, trading them for players who would help Brooklyn “win now” could be difficult.
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Mo Williams Injury: Updates on Timberwolves Guard’s Back and Return

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team in the midst of a rebuilding movement, but it always helps to have a steady veteran hand on the court whenever possible. Unfortunately, it appears one of the team’s elder statesmen will be out for the Wolves game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

According to Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, point guard Mo Williams did not make the trip to Sacramento due to a back injury:

The 32-year-old floor general is in his first year with Minnesota. In 16 games this season (seven starts), Williams has averaged a respectable 10.6 points, 6.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds in just under 27 minutes per contest.

With Ricky Rubio out due to a sprained ankle, Williams’ injury means rookie Zach LaVine will likely have to run the show against the Spurs. This leaves the Wolves with a bit of a square peg-round hole problem at point guard, as it’s not LaVine’s natural position. He’s averaging 8.1 points and 2.3 assists per game this season.  

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Deron Williams spin-o-rama freezes Jose Calderon (Video)

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams froze New York Knicks point guard Jose Calderon with a spin-o-rama during the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden.Williams freed himself up for a 19-foot jumper on the play, which had Calderon’s head spinning.As of this writing, Williams has 16 points as the Nets lead the Knicks 75-64 at the end of the third quarter.Video via NBA.
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DeRozan, Williams lead Raptors to 6th straight win (Yahoo Sports)

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 26: DeMar DeRozan #10 and Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors go up for a rebound against the Atlanta Hawks on November 26, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — DeMar DeRozan loves when the Toronto Raptors have a balanced scoring attack.


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Manhattan’s Rich Williams Throws Down Last-Second Alley-Oop to Send Game to OT

It’s only the Tip-Off Marathon, but college basketball has already seen some thrilling madness this season.

With 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation, Manhattan trailed UMass 61-59. The Jaspers had the ball at their own baseline and needed a clutch play to tie—or win—the game.

That’s when Manhattan’s Emmy Andujar set 6’5″ teammate Rich Williams up for the game-tying alley-oop with a great lob on the inbounds pass.

Williams’ last-second basket tied the game at 61-61, sending it to overtime.

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Heat’s Shabazz Napier Turns Deron Williams All Around the Court with Spin

Rookies around the NBA are starting to get comfortable and more confident as the season continues, including Miami Heat point guard Shabazz Napier.

The former Connecticut Huskies star showed off his terrific ball-handling skills on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets, spinning Deron Williams around.

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