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Deron Williams has no fear about playing in Europe, says he’s going ‘for the experience’

Jul 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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When word came out that Deron Williams was headed to Europe to play for Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul, there was a flurry of questions that came out. Would he really pay for that little money? (Because apparently $200,000 a month is “little.”) What about being away from his family? (You mean like he is during the entire season with his family in Dallas?) What if he gets hurt? (This is the dumbest one. How many players have you seen sustain injuries in the NBA, and how many have you seen in a contract year? It’s different in the NBA? Tell that to David West.)

On Saturday, Williams talked to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, and answered some of the questions himself. Specifically, Williams answered questions about the injury issue:

“People say, ‘Oh, you’re going to get hurt,’” Williams said. “I can get hurt playing at (the University of San Diego) or wherever I’m at. I can get hurt walking down these steps. Of course, that’s a big part of it. But I also did my due diligence, researched insurance. I’ll be covered.”

via 2011 NBA lockout: Deron Williams of New Jersey Nets says more players could play overseas permanently – ESPN New York.

Williams having an insurance policy is huge. It covers his liability in such a situation. And yes, he could wind up getting injured, with team doctors who don’t know what they’re doing, and then having more and more surgeries as his career goes on. You know what we call that here? Playing for Portland.

Williams also made it clear that he wasn’t headed to Turkey for the money, but for what he calls “the experience.”

“It’s more about the experience. Experience and being able to compete and play basketball. I don’t want to sit around. That’s what the NBA wants us to do right now. They locked us out of our gyms, they locked us out of facilities. We got to go find somewhere on our own to go hoop, to put games together. I don’t have to do that. I’ve got a team. I’m going to go through organized practices. I’m going to be in game situations. So if the lockout is lifted, I’m going to be ready to play.”

via 2011 NBA lockout: Deron Williams of New Jersey Nets says more players could play overseas permanently – ESPN New York.

It’s quotes like these that make you wonder just how much the NBPA is behind orchestrating these deals. Because this sounds an awful lot like a pre-planned statement geared at skewering ownership from union reps. Regardless, it’s nice that Williams is taking this opportunity to see the world. And from every indication, Istanbul is really nice this time of year, and a sheer delight to enjoy.

I’m supposed to make a Utah joke here, but I’ll skip it today.

 

  1. cosanostra71 - Jul 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    “You know what we call that here? Playing for Portland.”
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    lol

  2. tashkalucy - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    The Union head really has to shut this kids up and take away their Twitter accounts.

    I mean, when Lebron James is the spokesperson of your league you know the bar is set pretty low. But this lockout is exposing just how moronic, uneducated and just plain outright ignorant these players are when they don’t have a pr person or agent to write their statements, or have finished a class on how to project humble in a media interview.

  3. tashkalucy - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    This was a comment in the local paper in response to an article written by an NBA writer regarding the lockout…..

    “I know you’re an old NBA guy and I respect that. The NBA in the 80′s was fairly entertaining.

    But the NBA has become similar to professional wrestling. It’s a lot of showboating with a high level of insincerity. I’ve given up the NBA for years and I’ve missed it as much as I miss Jimmy Carter in the White House.”

    And another……

    “I’m admittedly not much of an NBA fan anymore. I was in the Magic/Bird/MJ era and even in the Knicks/76er’s/Celtics/Laker era a decade before. But this new league just smacks of fakery. It’s sort of like watching the Globetrotters play. Unfortunately, too many of the “Flyover” cities are the Washington Generals. To be truthful the league has rarely been balanced but in this era of basketball being a $200 -$500 a game experience for a father and son the fans should demand some return on their investment. Sure it’s nice to see the locals play somebody that’s in the same situation they are so that there is a chance of seeing a win, but a fan should be able to go see his team play an elite team and still have a chance of seeing a win. Frankly, I think that the NBA owners are, for the most part, stupid and the players are, for the most part; selfish, immature, and indifferent to the fans. I think that the players play the games for one another and don’t really care about the butts in the seats. Unless, of course, they take the opportunity to go up in the stands and punch out a fan or two.”

    And this guy cuts to the chase…..

    “It took a severe economic recession for professional sports to realize there was a ceiling on demand for their product. Keep sh*tting on every market under #5, and you’re going to end up with leagues consisting of NY, Boston, LA and Chicago. Good luck with that.”

  4. georgeanderson2 - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    I hope the networks are making plans to air games here in the states. You could see some unique teams if guys went and played in Europe, because teams have US/NBA player limits. Why wouldn’t a lesser known team in the Spanish league take a shot at bringing in Dirk, Kobe and Lebron for some games ,maybe the entire season with the knowledge the guys may go back at anytime, and your fans know that aswell. These guys could make so much more with contracts ties into merchandise, gate, tv, etc. Maybe you get a Chris Paul, Howard and D Wade team. A K Love, Melo and D Rose. Yes, its fantasy but these guys have options and are free agents for other basketball leagues. Do the owners want to lose out on money while their contracted players on lockout are making money for someone else? Fans are hungry for basketball and this past season was one of the best in years. Fans like their teams but fans will watch just about any basketball, and a chance to see something different might be entertaining. The owners really need the players more than the players need the owners in this lockout, the players have options on how to make money and play basketball.The players can expand their “brand” worldwide, which is smart for them personally.And they could actually evolve their games by learning how others play and putting it into their game.

  5. ac0117 - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    “I hope the networks are making plans to air games here in the states. You could see some unique teams if guys went and played in Europe, because teams have US/NBA player limits. Why wouldn’t a lesser known team in the Spanish league take a shot at bringing in Dirk, Kobe and Lebron for some games ,maybe the entire season with the knowledge the guys may go back at anytime, and your fans know that aswell. These guys could make so much more with contracts ties into merchandise, gate, tv, etc. Maybe you get a Chris Paul, Howard and D Wade team. A K Love, Melo and D Rose. Yes, its fantasy but these guys have options and are free agents for other basketball leagues. Do the owners want to lose out on money while their contracted players on lockout are making money for someone else? Fans are hungry for basketball and this past season was one of the best in years. Fans like their teams but fans will watch just about any basketball, and a chance to see something different might be entertaining. The owners really need the players more than the players need the owners in this lockout, the players have options on how to make money and play basketball.The players can expand their “brand” worldwide, which is smart for them personally.And they could actually evolve their games by learning how others play and putting it into their game.”

    This is an incredibly dumb statement. There is no way that the owners need players more than players need owners in any situation, in any league, in any country, in any universe. Even if their teams are losing money, these are some of the richest guys on the planet. The average NBA player lives paycheck to paycheck. Not to mention, most of the players you mentioned are contracted and would require a clearance from FIBA to play overseas. Not to mention teams that wouldn’t mind completely changing their team chemistry and taking on guys at huge contracts that would leave as soon as the NBA comes to an agreement. This is leverage for certain superstar players, like Deron Williams, who could get injured in Turkey and still get several max deal offers when he declines his player option.

    • b7p19 - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      “There is no way that the owners need players more than players need owners in any situation, in any league, in any country, in any universe”

      Um, what? That has got to be a joke. Last I checked the players are the product. How many fans do you know that go to games to see the owners? No business works without a quality product and LeBron, Kobe, Paul, ect. are that product. If there is a market to watch the best basketball players in world, then there will always be owners providing them a building to play in. Both comments are strange, but yours is the “incredibly dumb statement” from this perspective.

  6. georgeanderson2 - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Sure the owners in most cases would be fine if the league closed up shop today and there was no more NBA, but as far as owning an NBA team goes the owners need this talent to remain the best league in the world. The players have options, to play elsewhere for big dollars , unlike other lockouts. And currently the NBA players are locked out, so their contracts are not valid right now, correct, until the owners lift the lockout? Sure FIBA does have restrictions but the attention it would bring to global basketball would only help the game, even if it makes it a bit hookie for one season. If you were an owner of a European team who was hurting with ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, etc, and could afford to take a true gamble to bring in some big names would you not take it? Sure you would for any amount of time these guys could play.

  7. minnesotablizzard - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Deron is going over for the delcious döner. Deron Döner Williams is what the turks should call him.

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