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Deron Williams: Brooklyn Nets’ season ‘a nightmare’

Dec 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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When he traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge explained how he got enough assets to make the deal worthwhile to Boston. Ainge, via Mike Petraglia of WEEI:

“Brooklyn showed a great deal of interest in putting the ‘Dream Team’ together, with expense not [a factor], at any cost it seemed like,” Ainge told reporters

The Nets got the “any cost” part right, assembling a team with a historically high payroll.

But Dream Team? Not even close.

Deron Williams, via Mike Mazzeo for

It’s like a nightmare,” Williams said after the Nets were blown out on Christmas 95-78 by the Chicago Bulls Wednesday afternoon at Barclays Center.

“The way the injuries have been and the things we talk about every day: the lack of energy, the lack of effort. I didn’t see that being a problem when we put this team together.”

A 95-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Brooklyn’s fourth straight defeat, dropped the Nets to 9-19.

Williams might not have expected them, but he understands the problems now. There have been injuries, the biggest being Brook Lopez’s season ender. And there has been talk about lack of energy and effort, most of it by first-year coach Jason Kidd, who remains in over his head.

The worst part? There’s no sign of waking from this bad dream anytime soon.

The Nets are already capped out for the next couple seasons. Their old roster leaves little room for internal improvement. And they’ve traded key draft picks to assemble this team.

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A rare chance for salvation comes with their next game, Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the few teams worse than Brooklyn. But even that would likely be a temporary reprieve. The Nets’ following three games: at Indiana, at San Antonio, at Oklahoma City.

Brooklyn isn’t done. The Eastern Conference is too weak to knock them from the playoff race this early. But when beating Milwaukee stands to mean so much to a team – and that result going in the Nets’ favor is certainly not a given – yeah, I’d agree with Williams.

  1. reupjosh - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Avery got the axe after going .500 a couple months into last season…

  2. zickhead - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    P.J got robbed too, but some reason Kidd who is the worse so far gets to stay hmm…

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Imagine Pop, Hornacek, Doc Rivers, Thibs, Vogel, Jerry Sloan, etc. coaching this team. Would the Nets be this bad? NO.

    Jason Kidd WAS a great point guard and even then he wasn’t very vocal. No ones questioning his bball IQ. But there’s a difference between playing the game at a high level with a high IQ and coaching and connecting with players and implementing a system.

    Kidd is an assistant coach at this level. That’s about it.

  4. mickmikemini - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Were ever derron Williams goes a coach will always have to look over his back.
    If Williams spent the time playing ball instead of trying to get coaches fired he would be a lot better player.
    So good luck brooklyn you will never have a good team as long as Williams is on it.

  5. heskia1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Hey Deron, Dallas is looking pretty sweet right about now, ain’t it??!! Remember taking the money isn’t always the best decision. Well…maybe next time!

  6. zacksdad - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Now that they lost Lopez for the season, they should trade Pierce and Garnett to the Clippers for some future assets. I am sure Doc Rivers would love this.

  7. gintfan - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Glad to see this happening to you Deron. You played us here in Dallas making us think you wanted to come back home when all you wanted was to drive up your contract negotiations with the Nets. Call me a hater call me whatever but when you do stuff like that Karma is a real Mother Father!!

  8. redbaronx - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    To all the Nets fans and PBT writers that thought the Nets were going to amount to something this season, I think I can finally say this without a doubt:

    “I told you so”

    And please don’t use Brooks Lopez as the excuse. You can’t put a rookie HC who’s never coached a game in his life in charge, guys like Garnett who said he would retire two years ago and Pierce who has obviously been slowing down to the point that we expected him to retire, and expect them to magically be potent. There’s a time to add vets when they make good ADDITIONS to an already potent team (Like Ray Allen in Miami…), but to expect Veterans well past their prime to lead you to a ring is folly. And I think we’ve seen enough of Deron Williams the past three years to know he’s not going to be returning to his form from his Utah glory days.

    • cariboolean - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      what Utah glory days?

      • biasedhomer - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        You probably didn’t follow basketball close enough to know, but a couple years back, Williams was paired with Boozer on a team coached by Jerry Sloan (HOF coach if you didn’t know), that was really good out in the Western conference.

      • redbaronx - Dec 27, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        @cariboolean – The ones where Deron was the 3rd best guard in the league behind Nash and CP3 and a West All-Star…

  9. mickmikemini - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    @gintfan you should fill lucky he didn’t come to Dallas cause he would have tore that team apart.
    Just like he tore utah apart pretty much got jerry sloan fired and before that people left cause of derron.
    Williams is lazy and his work ethics suck.
    The only time Williams ever had good years in the NBA is when jerry sloan was pushing him to play better
    He hasn’t done anything since he’s left the jazz.
    You got to remember he got pj and avery Johnson fired and the only reason jason kidd is still around is cause he is to easy going.

  10. mikeciaccio1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Where’s Kris Humphries when you need him?

  11. augustusb - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Deron is not a point guard, never has been, never will be. The new breed of players are of a shoot first, blame second mentality. And I agree with the other commenters about crossing your fingers and signing a host of aging vets. It works in the rare circumstance that the player(s) is willing to accept a much diminished role in hopes of winning it all in one year. Garnett and Pierce don’t appear to be that type of player.

  12. crazycal - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    It looks bad for the Nets, but in the terribly feeble Eastern conference I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished the regular season with the fourth best record (behind Indiana, Miami, and Chicago). Even the Bobcats look like playoff contenders this year.

  13. karmaball25 - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Williams still has an inflated sense of self. When he ignored the plays Jerry Sloan was calling in Utah, Sloan said “eff it” and walked away after 50 years in the game. Within days, Utah ran Williams out of town on a rail. So, he pushed an icon out of the league, lost his job and yet is still blaming others for his difficulties. No class. That Karma, baby, she’s a mean mistress.

  14. homergreenz - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    bwahahahahaha Ainge must laugh about this trade every night…

    Danny The Architect

  15. 1historian - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Brooklyn got taken – BIG TIME. There is a real chance that the Celts might have not one but two choices in the lottery in the upcoming draft.

    Pierce and Garnett are miserable and if the Nets make the playoffs they’ll probably be heading home soon.

    A few years from now the Celts will be back up there and they’ll STILL have a lottery pick in the 2016 draft – the Nets, and the 2018 draft – the Nets.

    Danny Ainge was taught his trade by Red Auerbach.

    Brooklyn got taken in this trade, and as time goes by it will become more and more apparent.

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