Nets Deron Williams looking to return to All-Star form this season

Updated: September 16, 2014

The Brooklyn Nets 2104-15 season hinges solely on the health and resurgent game of their franchise player and point guard Deron Williams.

Can D-Will get his game and reputation back after another tumultuous season in Brooklyn where the expectations far exceeded the teams performance?

The oft-injured point guard had a miserable season right from the start missing training camp with ankle woes and never seemed to get on track with all the new faces and pieces the Nets put around him.

This upcoming season is a make or break season for D-Will in Nets fans eyes as the disappointments of the past two seasons has made the fan base grumpy and questioning whether he his indeed a franchise player like he is being paid to be.

D-Will spoke for the first time in a while at his Celebrity Dodge Barrage charity event at Basketball City last night and Ohm Youngmisuk of reports:

“Last year was tough,” Williams said. “I missed pretty much all of training camp, most of the preseason. I practiced one time, played nine minutes in a preseason game and was thrown into the fire. I was probably about 60 to 70 percent. It is definitely different this year. I think it’s great that I will be able to participate in training camp and I am practicing with the guys right now.”

“[Returning to All-Star form is] definitely the plan,” he continued. “Anytime you can’t walk, you can’t run, you can’t jump, it’s hard to play basketball, especially in this league. The only thing I wish is that I would’ve gotten surgery earlier. But what can you do? … I’m ready to go now, and I’m excited about the season.”

Williams is looking forward to forging a “great relationship” with new coach Lionel Hollins. But he also wishes Kidd the best.

“I don’t even know enough about the situation,” Williams said when asked whether he was disappointed to see Kidd leave. “I have heard a lot of different things, as you guys probably have. I don’t know what exactly happened, but we are excited about Lionel Hollins being our next coach. We wish J-Kidd the best of luck in Milwaukee, but we are excited about Lionel.”


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