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Deron Williams hosting Nets players-only workouts

Aug 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

The Brooklyn Nets have a lot of bonding to do — and fast.

They have a veteran team that can win big if a lot of things go right for them — one of those keys is they need to bond as a unit. This isn’t the Rockets, which can take a year to have their stars figure out how to play together, the Nets have a window of one, two seasons tops. Paul Pierce’s deal is up after this season, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko Jason Terry and a few other guys are done in two seasons (plus at that time Brook Lopez can opt out as well). Time is short.

So to help speed the process along, Deron Williams has been hosting players only workouts for the Nets in Los Angeles, reports Stephan Bondy at the New York Daily News.

Williams organized players-only workouts this week in California, with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in attendance. Only five of Brooklyn’s 15 players are unable to attend the workouts that started Sunday and run until Friday.

The entire starting lineup, including Brook Lopez (who only recently shed his walking boot following foot surgery), is expected in California….

Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans, Toko Shengelia, Mirza Teletovic and Andrei Kirilenko cannot attend for various reasons.

Will it have much of an impact? Who knows, but it can’t hurt.

What this really shows is the Nets are still Deron Williams’ team. You can add KG and PP and AK47 and anyone else, but D-Will is the man. And Williams is another key for this team — he has to return to his Utah level of play (the guy who could get mentioned in the same sentence with Chris Paul) if the Nets are going to be a serious threat in the East.

  1. dezglobal - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    That’s pretty sweet. Players only in Cali.. Party and chill all week in Cali far away from coaches and staff in Brooklyn.

  2. papazoid - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    when healthy D-will is a top 5 point guard.

    • norcalkingsfan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Thumbs down.

      Paul, Rose, Westbrook, Rondo, and Irving say otherwise.

      Curry also pretty much runs the point so you can throw him in there too.

      … and personally, I would prefer Lillard as well.

      • justaride88 - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:52 AM

        lol, Westbrook? Rondo?

        Westbrook is just to thick to run offense as good as D-Will does, he makes wrong decisions all the time wich to often end up with him taking bad pullups.

        And Rondo just can’t shoot. Do you remember how Kobe defended him in finals? :D I mean you could park a yacht between Mamba and Rondo, and he wouldn’t take those shots, because he cant knock em’ down efficiently.

        D-Will hasnt got their speed, but he definitley has no such holes in he’s game. Overall, hes safe in top 3. Next time Team USA will need a point guard, they will call him up again.

  3. thomaskouns - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    He definitely gives good effort on and off the court but he’s a system point guard which is why he was so successful in Utah but has struggled in Brooklyn.

  4. sfm073 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Way to old of a team.

  5. jturbo1402003 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Deron Williams came on late last year down the stretch of the season. I don’t know what his deal is. In Utah he was always mentioned as top 1-3 PG in the game w a bunch of ppl saying he was #1. He has not been the same guy in Brooklyn but maybe with this team w a fierce competitor like KG he can have a big season & return to his old form.

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