A strained calf has prevented Deron Williams from showing off his point guard skills thus far in training camp.
The injury is so precarious that Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle couldn’t say if Williams is week-to-week, or how many preseason games will be able to play in.
"I don’t know -- it’s hard to say,’’ Carlisle said. "I’m not good with timetables.
"He’s going to be OK. It’s just the first week we’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent, but he’s involved.’’
Signed to a two-year, $11 million this past summer, Williams has been limited in training camp due to that calf injury. But he’s still been able to offer some motivational input.
"He’s been riding the bike a lot,’’ Carlisle said. "He’s not doing much on the court yet, but it’ll come.
"He’s around the court, he’s talking to the staff, he’ll ask questions, he’ll help out in drills. I look for him to gradually pick things up as we go along.’’
Williams has been spending a lot of time with Casey Smith, the Mavericks’ head athletic trainer who is arguably the best in the business at his craft. Williams knows Smith can help him get on the court, which is why Williams said he’s "just staying in the training room with Casey. That’s No. 1.
"I’ve put in a lot of work in the weight room and on the court just trying to stay as healthy as possible."