The Nets experienced a major turnaround over the offseason. Not only did they change locations, jerseys, and color schemes, but they also overhauled their roster and appear ready to compete for a top playoff spot. All the changes are a relief for All-Star point guard Deron Williams, who was so frustrated with the team’s struggles last season he had to be called out by coach Avery Johnson for his behavior.
Johnson didn’t like the negative body language Williams displayed on the court during the Nets’ 22-44 showing last season which tied them for the fifth-worst record in the league. Williams believes he had good reason for acting the way he did.
“It was hard. I’ve never been in that position before,” Williams told reporters Tuesday, according to ESPN New York. “So at times, I’ve showed frustration, but I think anybody would have. I think no matter who it is, if you were there every day and you saw what was going on in the locker room you’d be pissed off too sometimes. You’re getting your asses kicked and then you’re in the locker room laughing about the game afterwards.
“I don’t think that stuff is funny. That’s what we had to deal with last year. But I don’t think we’re going to deal with it this year, because just talking to the guys, that’s not what we’re about. We’re talking about not losing two games in a row. We were just trying to fight to win two games in a row last year.”
Williams’ frustration with the team last year was evident as early as last December when he said the Nets didn’t have many starters on their team.
While Williams’ behavior was not advisable, it certainly was understandable. And the good news for everyone associated with the franchise is that Williams stuck with the team despite being a free agent. His loyalty to the Nets, if you want to call it that, should pay off this season. The Nets will likely be a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference.
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