Deron Williams practices, and feels good

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said he felt fine Saturday after participating in the first of two practice sessions on the first day of training camp.

Williams is coming off offseason surgery on both of his ankles. The injuries caused him to miss training camp last season.

“It was good. It was fun,” Williams said. “It’s always fun to start training camp especially when you missed it last season. So it was good to be out there and I thought the first practice was good.”

Center Brook Lopez, who is coming off foot and ankle surgeries, was expected to participate in the second session on Saturday, coach Lionel Hollins said -- although, as Hollins noted, it was only a one-hour, non-contact session. Hollins said it was not overly important that Lopez participate if the trainers elected to keep him out.

“Deron was good. Brook was good,” Hollins said. “We tried to put a sub around both of them so they didn’t have to go through all the reps. They all did good.”

Said Williams, of Lopez: “He looked great. He didn’t look like a guy who missed all of last year. But he’s looked good. I’ve been with him for the last two weeks here at the gym and he looks good every day.

Joe Johnson said Andrei Kirilenko practiced with the starters on Day 1. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Hollins decides to go with a veteran starting lineup of Williams, Johnson, Kirilenko, Kevin Garnett and Lopez.