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Deron to Brooklyn? Not so fast…

June 26, 2012
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Ken Berger of CBSSports reported Tuesday that the Dallas Mavericks are growing concerned that free agent point guard Deron Williams will re-sign with the New Jersey Nets.

Mark Cuban n’ crew evidently consider themselves merely a “darkhorse” to nab the All-Star guard…the major reason being the extra year and $26 million that Mikhail Prokhorov can offer.

Far be it from me to dispute a well-respected journalist, but if D-Will stays with the Nets I will gladly treat him to dinner…any restaurant of his choosing.

See, I follow the NBA as closely as anyone (not named David Stern). What I have seen over the past year and a half in Newark, New Jersey has given me little faith that Deron will stay with that franchise.

When he was traded there from Utah last year, I thought he’d embrace playing for former point guard and NBA champion Avery Johnson. You’d think the relationship between head coach and point guard would be something special in New Jersey…..hardly. I can’t even remember a time I saw them speaking together, other than in a timeout. Where was the dap, the inside jokes between two famous floor generals? It was nver there.

Maybe I just expected too much from Williams. When he signed with Besiktas during the Lockout, my sources overseas (to a man) let me know how much respect he lost in the basketball community abroad. Instead of joining a European powerhouse like CSKA Moscow or Barcelona, he took the easy road and went down to play for the Turkish playboys of professional sports. It wasn’t about basketball for Deron, it was about the other stuff. Maybe that’s a reason he may end up staying with the Nets…the chance to play in New York and enjoy all the ‘other’ things that has to offer. Afterall, going home isn’t as big a factor in the NBA as the media makes it out to be.

Williams doesn’t quite have the same attitude as a Kobe Bryant or a Chris Paul…where respect is the ultimate currency. Nah, Deron is a different breed. His skills are beyond contest….but his perspective isn’t.

Here’s a pre-emptive message to Deron Williams…..Welcome Home.

 

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5 Responses to Deron to Brooklyn? Not so fast…

  1. Kevin on June 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    “You’d think the relationship between head coach and point guard would be something special in New Jersey…..hardly. I can’t even remember a time I saw them speaking together, other than in a timeout. Where was the dap, the inside jokes between two famous floor generals? It was nver there.”

    If you had actually followed the Nets you would have seen the mutual respect between Deron Williams and Avery Johnson. It was there.

    Oh, and one more thing. Do you think they actually spoke at D-Will’s birthday party which Johnson was one of the few who got to attend?

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/8101059/deron-williams-invites-brooklyn-nets-coach-avery-johnson-party-sources-say

    • Martin Knezevic on June 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Kevin,

      Excellent research…your cut & paste skills are unparalleled. I prefer to get my NBA insight from sources and not guestlists. From people I’ve talked to, Deron’s relationship with Avery makes CP3 and Vinny out in L.A. look like BFF’s.
      -Knez

  2. Mike on June 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    With all due respect, by reading this article I would think you do not follow the NBA or you do not follow the New Jersey Nets, who are now the Brooklyn Nets which you failed to acknowledge in your article. This is why you cant go by what you have seen last season in New Jersey. The plan of Nets GM Billy King was to throw last season away stack up on cap space and start brand new in Brooklyn. Also, Avery Johnson and Billy King were invited to a very small gathering for Deron Williams’ birthday. Billy King could not attend but Avery Johnson was there. Chris Broussard from ESPN has reported that Deron Williams and Avery Johnson are great friends and have already been seen talking strategies for next season. My message to D-Will: Welcome to Brooklyn, your NEW home

    • Martin Knezevic on June 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

      If your main source of information is Chris Broussard on SportsCenter then you’re not REALLY following the NBA. I didn’t say D-Will was a lock to go to Dallas, I just don’t think he’s a lock to go to Brooklyn either. Hence the phrase “not so fast”.
      I don’t think the relationship between Avery and Deron is as fabulous as ESPN leads you to believe. But I guess anything is possible…afterall, this is the same guy who went to play for Besiktas. Yes, Besiktas.
      -Knez

    • Danny on June 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

      If they were throwing away last year, WHY DID THEY TRADE THEIR 1ST ROUND PICK FOR A RENTAL PLAYER

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