The Nets point guard revealed Tuesday that he used his extended All-Star break to go through a three-day juice diet cleanse, detoxifying his body and dropping weight at the same time his fitness was called into question. He also said the latest injections into his inflamed ankles (cortisone and platelet-rich plasma) were “finally in the right spot.”
He had two previous rounds of cortisone shots into his ankles since training camp, with less effect.
According to a source, Williams has recently weighed in as low as 200 pounds.
“He’s really made a strong move addressing diet,” interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “I remember we were at a dinner the other night and he was drinking that cleanse stuff. He’s lost some weight in the week off, close to a week off. I think it helped him.”
Williams received criticism from president of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo for being out of shape during the Olympics that he brushed off at the time, but it appears Williams has made a new commitment to his body.
Along with the detox, Williams received platelet-rich plasma treatment on both ankles to treat synovitis before the All-Star break. Williams has averaged 21.7 points and 7.1 assists in 38.7 minutes per game in seven post-All Star games.