HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

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Williams toasted Shumpert like an English muffin all game, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Nets’ 110-99 victory. One question was answered: Williams is healthy. One question remained: When are the Knicks getting a healthy point guard back? “I’m going to take this one,” said Shumpert, who stood up, stuck out his chest and took every hit. “Deron Williams got to do whatever he wanted out there. I got to get better with controlling the ball after him coming off the ball screen. I didn’t do a good job of that tonight. “As a reflection of that, our bigs got in foul trouble, they hit 3s from everywhere on the court because he kept getting into that paint. I [have] got to do a better job of getting over the ball screens and not letting him get into our defense.” New York Post

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Williams finally feels healthy for the first time in three seasons after undergoing offseason surgery to clean out both of his oft-injured ankles. "I'm a lot more confident," Williams said. "I just didn't have a lot of confidence in my ankles (the last two seasons). They wouldn't allow me to do the things I was capable of doing." Williams missed 17 games last season due to injury. He averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists -- his lowest averages since his rookie season (2005-06). ESPN.com

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Q: Deron Williams. Lionel Hollins: I hate that the media has disparaged him so much. There’s so many expectations on a guy when he comes to another team in a trade. And then, he got the big contract, and then there’s even more expectations. To not be healthy to be able to do what he wanted to do is disappointing for him. But the fans and the media didn’t quite take it that way, and I think he’s healthy now and he’s in a good frame of mind, and he’s shown a lot of qualities. … Is he gonna be the 23-year-old Deron Williams? Heck no. But the Deron Williams that he can be and I see him being is going to be pretty good. And he’s gonna be one of the top guards in the league, and that’s good enough with me. New York Post

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The Nets point guard, who admittedly struggled with his confidence a year ago, fell under heavy scrutiny last season because he went scoreless in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami. Bryant chimed in on the subject in a Sports Illustrated article last month, saying Williams “psyched himself out” because he only took nine shots that game and “I would go 0-for-30 before I went 0-for-9.” New York Daily News

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