Not only did I never, ever think Deron Williams was going to sign with the Dallas Mavericks I never, ever thought he was worth the pursuit in the first place. Chalk this up to one of the few bold sports predictions I nailed this year.
Not that Williams can't play or isn't a dynamic scorer - the stats say the man can ball.
My fear about Williams is that in his short career he achieved the impossible when Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan opted to retire than deal with this headache every day. In early Feb. of '11, Sloan quit the Jazz after 23 years.
That is the largest red flag on Williams' resume. Jerry Sloan said "screw it" rather than coach Deron Williams.
This was the player the Dallas Mavericks gutted their title-winning roster to pursue.
A few months after Williams spurned the Mavericks' offer to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, coach Avery Johsnon found himself fired this morning.
According to Yahoo Sports! NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski's Twitter account, @WojYahooNBA, "The Brooklyn Nets have fired coach Avery Johnson, league source tells Yahoo! Sports"
The Nets are 14-14 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. This season is not going the way the Nets thought it would after they re-signed Williams, traded for Joe Johnson and moved into a new arena in Brooklyn.
Williams is third on the team in scoring with 17 points per game, and leads the team averaging 8.0 assists per game. A few weeks ago he grumbled about Avery's offense, because it's never the player's fault.
The Mavs will spin this as "We never really wanted" D-Will but don't buy it. They wanted this guy, and - who knows? - maybe it would have worked under Rick Carlisle. But any guy who gets Jerry Sloan to quit was never worth the trouble.
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