Deron Williams is still out with a sprained ankle, and he may miss the start of the season. Paul Pierce has said he needs to take his time, and I’m sure that echoes the thoughts of the organization. So, does Williams know when he will return? According to the New York Post, not yet:
“I appreciate your concern for my health. I really do. Thank you for that,’’ Williams said while pedaling on a stationary bike, before playing in a Globetrotter-esque 5-on-0 portion of open practice at Barclays Center. He admitted full-contact is the next step for him, but he had no answers when that will come.
“I would definitely think you’d need to scrimmage before you go out and play an NBA game. I would think. I don’t know, I’m not sure. I would think you’d have to do that, so when that happens I’ll let you guys know.”
The last step a player needs to make to get back on the court is getting cleared for contact during practice, so when the news breaks that he can have contact, then expect him back. Williams’ health is more important in April than it is in November.