D-Will will rest wrist for next month
Before he can commit to playing for USA Basketball at this summer's FIBA world championships, Deron Williams said Tuesday he first will rest his injured right wrist for the next month to month-and-a-half in the hopes that surgery won't be necessary.
"That's the last thing I want to do is have surgery," Williams said, adding, "I've just got to rest it first and hopefully that takes care of it and I can play."
Williams is expected to take a leadership role on the U.S. team, especially with several members of the 2008 Olympic team likely opting not to return, including possibly LeBron James , Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant .
"I think there's a lot more guys that aren't going to play, to tell you the truth," Williams said. "We'll see how it goes. I've got a lot of time right now. It's May, we don't have to report until July [for mini-camp], and if I want to, I don't even really think I need to play in that."
After his breakthrough season as an undrafted rookie, Wesley Matthews can look forward to being a restricted free agent come July. Given his success with the Jazz, though, Matthews' preference is to return.
"It's going to be a huge factor," Matthews said. "I like to be loyal to the people that have done right by me. They passed on me once, as did everybody else, but they didn't make the same mistake twice."
Matthews was asked what he hoped to add to his game for his second season -- he averaged 9.4 points and started 48 games as a rookie.
"I just want to be more of a threat offensively," Matthews said. "I'm still going to bring the same effort on the defensive end, still going to run the floor. Get stronger. Just do everything. I'm going to be a gym rat."
With a new coach in Ukraine, Kyrylo Fesenko is considering playing for the national team as part of an August qualifying tournament for the 2011 European championships. Fesenko left the national team last summer in the middle of a tournament.
"I'm kind of hoping that it's going to change because new coach, new rules," Fesenko said. "We will see what's going to happen. A.K. [ Andrei Kirilenko ] explained it to me, 'It's your country, you have to play for it.' "
Fesenko is heading into free agency this summer, with the Jazz having to decide about continuing their investment in the 23-year-old center. "If you're going to be patient, be patient on 7-foot-1 guys," Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said.
Carlos Boozer confirmed that one of the Lakers' buses backed into his wife's SUV on the EnergySolutions Arena loading dock after Monday's game. "It wasn't that bad," Boozer said. "But I was pissed last night, though."
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