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Deron Williams says he will be “grumpy” if Nets lose a lot

Dec 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

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Deron Williams is going to be grumpy.

D-Will is a very competitive player and he’s about to be on a team that is going to lose a lot of games. He’s not used to that (college Final Four, Olympic gold, won more than he lost in Utah). The Nets have been trying desperately to land a big star to pair with Williams, but so far it is back to him and Brook Lopez. Right now the Nets are not a playoff team.

The losing that is coming is not going to set well with Williams, he admitted to the New York Daily News.

“You don’t think I’ve thought about that?” Williams cut off the question.

So how would he handle losing?

“I don’t know. You guys are not going to like me, I know that. I get grumpy when I lose.”

The Nets have not signed Kris Humphries yet — and want him on a one-year deal anyway — as they essentially remain on hold waiting for the Orlando Magic to figure out they have to trade Dwight Howard.

The Nets problem is that if they don’t land Howard soon they have to decide what to do with Williams, who can opt out of his deal and become a free agent at the end of the season. The Nets are counting on Williams to lead them into Brooklyn, but if they get the feeling he’ll walk next summer they have to trade him before the deadline. They gave up a lot to get Williams — Derrick Favors is at the top of that list — and they can’t get nothing for Williams.

That day of reckoning has not yet come for the Nets, but you can see it on the horizon.

Just like the losing that is coming. And the Nets are powerless to stop it (unless the Magic change their mind).

  1. raidmagic - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    F*** the Nets. Why do the Magic have to bend? I say gamble on bringing Deron to Orlando in the summer.

  2. teke184 - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I’ve got the world’s tiniest violin playing for Deron.

    The Jazz management picking him over Jerry Sloan didn’t sit well with me.

    • 973yenots - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      He’s going to be what I call a problem player! Based on his time in Utah and now this!

    • abasketballthing - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:17 PM

      Sure, they picked Deron over Sloan to trade him 2 weeks later…

      Everyone involved said Sloan decided to retire. He was not forced out. He’s always said things as they are, and if he was in any way forced to retire or fired, he would’ve said so when asked about it. He’s never been afraid to call anyone out, and he wasn’t going to make an exception with the Jazz management if they really fired him.

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    The Knicks are going to serve them up again on Wed.

    It seems like everybody outside of NY thinks its a big deal that they’re moving to Brooklyn, or that Jay Z owns a percent in the team, but nobody around NY cares.

    Sorry no buzz here, the Nets stink, they will always stink and the new building will be as empty as it is now.

    • pellypell - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      Jigga what?

    • qdog112 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      …and you, of course speak for all of NY – right?

      • pellypell - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

        Look at his username, he IS New York.

  4. rooney24 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I should hope he would be grumpy if the lose a lot!! The goal should be to win games, and then if good enough, playoff series and a title. But, if a team isn’t winning, the player shouldn’t be happy about that.

    Whether or not you want to claim he is a problem player, this bit of news does not make him a problem player. ALL players should want to win and be angry/upset/pissed/grumpy when they don’t win.

  5. ddrew80 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    All u Net haters fallback the Nets are goin 2 the playoffs. They have a top 3 pg and good role players and a coach that stresses defense unlike that Knicks coach. If CP3 can lead the Hornets in a tough western conference why can’t D-Will do it.

    • abasketballthing - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM

      Because the Hornets had great defensive coaching, an adequate(at least) defensive center, and players willing to buy into the system to become a better defensive team. Johnson may stress defense, but it doesn’t seem to be working well enough with the Nets’ players. Also, there was more familiarity. CP3 and West had been together for years, unlike Deron/Brook. I’d like to see D-Will lead the Nets to a playoff spot, but right now it seems highly unlikely.

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