Nets’ Williams Knows Weight Can Be an Issue
Deron Williams was one of the last to leave Nassau Coliseum almost one year ago, limping slowly through the corridors and into the parking lot.
It was clear, just by physical appearance, that Williams pushed himself too hard in a meaningless preseason game against the Knicks. Raymond Felton ran circles around Williams, and then the Nets star rode home in the backseat of his car, lying down because the pain was too much.
One day later, Williams was injected with a round of cortisone shots. Three months of his season were sabotaged by ankle pain.
Williams has learned from those struggles, and other bad habits, too. For the first time Wednesday, the point guard acknowledged a problem with his weight gain last summer — and also discussed his commitment to health for this season.
“It’s a good lesson learned,” said Williams, 29, who dropped the extra weight and more over the All-Star break in February. “Especially as you get older, your metabolism starts to slow down. It’s definitely harder to get that weight off. There was no weight gain this summer for me. I tried to stay at the same weight I was when I left. That’s been helpful.”