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April 27, 2015 Updates

An unprompted Lionel Hollins took it to another level following Sunday’s film session, reprimanding the media with an underlying message: Tone down the expectations because Williams isn’t the same player once trumpeted by the Nets as the best point guard in the NBA. “That’s four years ago. We’re now. No player is the way he was four years ago,” the Nets coach said. “All I’m saying is now is that the guy is playing well. Somebody picks out that he has two points (in Game 2 against the Hawks). So what? He played well. It’s not just about the scoring. “If it was just about the scoring, there’s a lot of teams that would be better because they have guys who score a lot of points. But it’s about winning. It’s about doing the right things for the team. And I’ll defend Deron until the end on that and all my players to the end if you think that just because a guy makes a lot of money and is supposed on a level because everybody put him on that level — whether it be the organization, or whomever — it’s still where we are now. And we have to deal with now. And I support him 100 percent.” New York Daily News

April 26, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson said Sunday that point guard Deron Williams is suffering from a severe case of tendinitis. "At different times in the season we all have knickknack or injuries. I know tendinitis has pretty much been my kryptonite, and I know he has a severe case of that," Johnson said. "It's tough, man. It's tough. But we all have his back, and whatever we have to do, we have to do it." ESPN.com

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Williams stepped in after a rapidly closing Kent Bazemore flew past him, fired off a clean 16-foot pull-up jumper. It couldn’t have been written any better: this was Williams’s open shot at redemption after a rough shooting night, a well-created look Williams has hit thousands of times before. “We wanted to get him off the three-point line, and he had a good look, a good open look,” Hawks coach and NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer said at the podium. “I’m obviously hoping it doesn’t go in.” “It felt really good,” Williams sighed. “I thought it was in when I let it go.” The Brooklyn Game

April 21, 2015 Updates

“I just think he’s in the right situation (in Atlanta),” said Williams, who played with Korver for three seasons in Utah. “He just has freedom here, complete freedom. A lot of coaches don’t like shots early in the shot clock. But for him to get open, that’s what he has to take because guys are sitting on him in the halfcourt. And so when he comes down in transition, he’s firing. When you’re shooting 60% from 3, that’s a pretty good shot.” New York Daily News

April 17, 2015 Updates
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With the Nets set to play their season finale Wednesday against the Magic - a game they have to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive - another Hall of Famer jumped on the Williams' blame train. "I can't argue with what Paul Pierce said. I have to agree with him," Reggie Miller told WFAN. "I don't really like to kill guys but you have to call a spade a spade. I think he's right on. "The most important position in the game today is the point guard position," he added. "And if you can't get that out of your point guard - because that's the coach on the floor. That's the guy that has to get everyone rallying in the right position. So if your point guard is not demanding and is not accountable and is holding everyone else accountable, your team is going to struggle. That's why Brooklyn has struggled because Deron Williams - not only has he not held himself accountable, he's not holding anybody on the floor accountable as well." New York Daily News

April 15, 2015 Updates

The player that puzzled him the most, said Pierce, was point guard Deron Williams. "Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. "I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.'' ESPN.com

After the first two seasons of splash, the Brooklyn Nets have begun a tumble down the NBA’s overall sales list. The Nets fell out of the top 10 in team merchandise sales for the first time since moving to Brooklyn, according to a release from the NBA. They also did not have a top-15 selling jersey for the second straight year, after Deron Williams’s #8 jersey ranked sixth in 2012-13. (Williams led the Nets in jersey sales last year as well, ranking 22nd overall.) The Brooklyn Game

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Williams, who will make $21 million next season and holds an early-termination option ($22.3 million) for 2016-17, didn’t want to think about what-ifs. “I don’t care about trade rumors, who they bring in here,” he said. “That doesn’t bother me one bit. I could care less. I motivate myself.” ESPN.com

“I’ve been through a lot since I’ve been here. I want to play good for myself. I want to play good for my family and, more importantly, God,” Williams told ESPN.com while walking to his car after the game was over. “We just gotta keep on trucking. Things haven’t gone our way, but we have to keep a positive attitude -- no matter if I play the whole second half, don’t play the whole second half, don’t finish games, finish games, I can only control what I can control.” This time, Williams played the entire second half. Nets coach Lionel Hollins didn’t have confidence in his bench, he said, so he made his best decision of the 2014-15 campaign, riding his starters to victory. Jack, who came in ranked 76th among 80 qualifying point guards in Real Plus-Minus, was a minus-11 in 10 minutes. Normally, Hollins rides him down the stretch. Not this time. And Hollins was rewarded as a result. Williams was a plus-16 in 38 minutes. ESPN.com

April 3, 2015 Updates

Here's some selected quotes from the 17-minute interview. Lionel Hollins on Deron Williams improvement... "I think the trade for Thaddeus young gives us a little more versatility, a little more quickness and putting Markel Brown in the starting lineup has contributed to us playing at a different pace, especially early. And Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early. I think with the added quickness around him, he's been able to do that and we've been able to be effective with that. But everything comes with health and Deron has had his turn with nagging injuries this year as well as last couple of year. NetsDaily

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“I think when Deron Williams was healthy and young [they were similar],” Brown said. “He shot the ball better than Emmanuel but Emmanuel’s shot is not broken. If you’re conscientious, you can become a reasonable shooter if you’re shot’s not broken and his shot is not broken. But he doesn’t need to shoot to be effective because I think he’s pass-first. I think he’s a special defender and I think he’s an elite rebounder.” ZagsBlog.com

Nets point guard Deron Williams is pleased, and understandably surprised, that Brook Lopez is still his teammate. “He’s been involved in so many [trade rumors], and so many close deals,” Williams said before the Nets (25-34) were annihilated by the Charlotte Hornets, 115-91, at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. Charlotte was one of several teams that engaged the Nets in trade negotiations for Lopez this season, according to a league source. “It’s not like they’re just rumors,” Williams said. “It’s like the deal is on the table and things like that. I know it’s been tough for him. That’s the main thing. He’s here. He’s our teammate and we’re happy with him.” Wall Street Journal

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