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April 4, 2015 Updates

“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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"The second I walked in to watch Chris Paul play, there was no doubt in my mind he was ridiculously special,'' Ainge says. "I saw him play at Duke, as a freshman for Wake Forest, and he did not have a good game. It was just his talent level -- athletic, smart, tough, physical. He was just confident in what he was doing, in spite of the fact that he wasn't making shots and everything else. There was just something about him, that he put a smile on my face as I watched them play.'' In 2005, Ainge tried to trade Pierce to Portland for the No. 3 pick in order to draft Paul. The trade fell apart and Paul went No. 4 to New Orleans, behind Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams. "Chris Paul was clearly the No. 1 pick in the draft that year, in my mind,'' says Ainge. "I was very confident in spite of my own staff, in spite of my own coaches and my own people not sharing that opinion.'' NBA.com

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Sam Amick: For those who may have wondered, Kings-Nets talks re: Deron Williams still dead. He's out on West Coast trip (rib) w/ Monday return likely Twitter @sam_amick

The Nets said Deron Williams would miss the rest of this Western trip — which continues Thursday in Los Angeles against the Clippers before ending Saturday against the Jazz. Williams — recovering from his broken rib, took some shots up before the Nets held their morning shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. He has begun doing non-contact work on the court but still is experiencing pain. New York Post

January 21, 2015 Updates

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