Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King confirmed Thursday that an MRI revealed point guard Deron Williams has bone spurs in his left ankle and probably will have to undergo offseason surgery to have them "cleaned up."
However, King downplayed the results and expects the injury to be "manageable."
King said the bone spurs were causing inflammation in the point guard's ankle. Williams needed a cortisone shot to ease the pain, missed two practices as a result, but expects to be fine during the season.
"I think probably the majority of athletes have bone spurs that they deal with at some point in their career," Williams said Wednesday on "SportsCenter." "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."
As long as Williams feels fine playing through the injury, this shouldn’t be a major concern, especially if Williams himself is basically shrugging it off.
For those that don’t know, a bone spur is a smooth extra bone that can cause pain if it presses on other bones or tissues.
Ray Allen dealt with bone spurs down the stretch last season for the Boston Celtics, which caused him to miss time. But then again, Allen was 36 at the time, while Williams is just 28.
The Nets need D-Will completely healthy if they plan on making a run this season. With the cancellation of Thursday night’s opener, Williams will have an extra few days to rest before the new opening night against the Toronto Raptors.
Brooklyn may have some questions heading into the season about being a team trying to develop chemistry and adapting to a new home. But hopefully Williams being limited by bone spurs is not one of those questions.
Jim Mancari is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.