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Deron Williams
Deron Williams
Position: G
Born: 06/26/84
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $14,885,520
Ahead of the 2013-14 season, there was actually chatter of Williams being an MVP candidate. But his fragile ankles became an issue before training camp even started, and the locker room turned on Williams when it became apparent he couldn’t handle pressure. “That’s the guy the team is built around?” Pierce condescendingly asked his teammates that season, according to a witness. Pierce eventually took his disappointment public.
About a year later, Joe Johnson made a plea to two reporters on Williams’ behalf, understanding his teammate’s delicate state of mind. “Take it easy on D-Will,” Johnson said. “He can’t handle it.” But Williams’ struggles weren’t the only reason the foundation crumbled. Brook Lopez broke his foot in December. Andrei Kirilenko was either injured or ineffective. Andray Blatche allegedly showed up drunk to practices, according to multiple sources, and briefly was suspended by the team.
Looking back, Williams said, the challenge of joining an established title team was more difficult than he envisioned. “It was an adjustment,” he said. “Any time you go to another team in the middle of the season it’s going to be an adjustment. Add to it it’s the defending champs, a lot of pressure and, you know, it was a different situation for me than I had ever been in in my career. Coming off the bench, playing short minutes, trying to figure out how to stay confident and be aggressive sometimes when you don’t have the ball in your hands. “I feel like I’ve had a little bit over two months now and I’ve adjusted and figured things out.”