For the first time since injuring his ankle during an offseason workout in Utah, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams was a full participant in Nets’ practice.
A Nets team spokesman confirmed the news, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York.
Williams was at practice and took part in certain drills Tuesday, but wasn’t a full participant.
“It’s my first time really trying,” Williams told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “I think a lot of the stuff has been in my head, just getting over the mental factor. Once I did the 5-on-5 yesterday (in the morning shootaround), that was a big step for me. Once I got out there, my instincts took over and everything was fine.”
The team has yet to decide if Williams will suit up and play in the team’s final preseason game against the Miami Heat Friday. Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd said Williams’ status is “up in the air.”
Last season, Williams averaged 18.9 points and 7.7 assists per game.
The Nets will open the regular season on Wednesday, October 30 in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.