Found March 17, 2013 on Pass The Pill:
Deron Williams inaugural season in Brooklyn with his new lucrative contract has certainly had its ups and downs. Williams, well thought throughout the league as one of the premier point guards, struggled out of the gate, but has come on as of late. Many in the media and throughout the league wondered if Williams’ struggles were centered around his new contract, and living up to expectations. However, in an interview with the New York Daily New’s Stefan Bondy, Williams wanted to put those thoughts to rest, and instead explained that it was his sore ankles that led to his slow start. “From walking from here to that lockerroom felt like s—. It felt like s—,” he said. “What do you not understand? I could not walk. I could not walk up my stairs without it killing me. It would take me 10 minutes to get up my stairs, especially in the morning.” Williams went on to say that since the All-Star break, and receiving cortisone shots in those aforementioned ankles, he feels like he is back to his normal self: “I feel totally different right now. I feel like I have a whole new energy.” For a guard, specifically with the dribbling and constant motion that Williams utilizes throughout a game, it is crucial for him to be able to pivot and move as smoothly as possible. However, it was pretty evident that his struggles were beyond his health, and his struggles were mental just as much as they were physical. If the Nets want to be taken seriously as a threat in the Eastern Conference, Williams needs to be playing at an elite level. Most may argue even with his elite play, the Nets don’t stand much of a chance against the overwhelming favorite to make it to the Finals out of the East, the Miami Heat. On the other hand, Williams resurgence has led to a surging Nets team, who have the opportunity to tie their cross-town rival Knicks for the lead in the Atlantic Division tonight when they tip off at home against the Atlanta Hawks.   By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder The post appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
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