Deron Williams Couldn’t Lead Due to Pain
A trip up a flight of stairs took 10 minutes. Walking to the locker room from inside a gym was excruciating. A general perception of total disinterest prevailed.
That, Deron Williams said today, was how he felt playing on two bum ankles. And it definitely prevented him from being the team leader he needed to be.
“At the beginning of the season when I was playing bad it was hard — I don’t want to say feel sorry for myself — but not be down on myself,” Williams said noting teammates told him to ease up on himself.
Even that was hard to do because “I felt like I’m letting people down, letting my team down, letting fans down if I’m playing bad.”
Williams has undergone PRP treatment, received his third shot of cortisone injections and has been playing like, well, Deron Williams. He said a Feb. 10 nightmare game against San Antonio was the last straw. He shut it down, got his treatment and since the All-Star break, 12 games, has averaged 23.3 points and shot .467, including .471 on 3-pointers. In his first 50 games, he averaged 16.7 points and shot .413, including .347.