BROOKLYN - Renown foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O'Malley, gave the Brooklyn Nets a double dose of good news on Tuesday.
Nets GM Billy King announced that the surgeries O'Malley performed on Deron Williams's ankles were successful. O'Malley said that the star guard is expected to be back in time for the start of training camp.
"The arthroscopic surgery performed today on Deron's left ankle included the removal of spurs from the front and back of the ankle, as well as a cleaning out of his ankle joint,' said Dr. O'Malley. "In addition, Deron underwent a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment that was below his right ankle joint.''
"Deron is expected to be on crutches for 4-6 weeks and then begin rehabilitation. He is scheduled to begin light court activities in August, which will progress to full basketball activities in September. Deron is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the beginning of training camp."
Based on O'Malley's statement, no structural damage was found in either ankle. The two procedures give Williams the best chance of putting his ankle woes behind him.
Williams suffered a bone bruise and sprain in his right ankle last summer, that prevented him from fully participating in training camp. He suffered at least four sprains of the left ankle during the regular season and playoffs.
"I think just more of it is confidence-wise, it just took -- it just takes a beating on you confidence-wise,'' said Williams said after the playoffs. "Because I thought I was over it after the last half of last season and then to start the season the way I did, missing training camp, missing a couple games, not even being 80 percent those first couple games and then sitting out again, you know it just took a beating on me.''
"I couldn't do what I wanted to, I can't finish the way I want to finish. You start thinking about things. So that was just the main thing was just confidence-wise, it's hard to get back to where I was.''
Williams toughed it out, appearing in 64 games, averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and a career-best 1.45 steals in 32.2 minutes per game.