#Nets Deron Williams Talks About Johnson's Dismissal

Updated: December 27, 2012

Most Nets players with twitter accounts made a statement today in support of their fallen coach, Avery Johnson, but one player in particular was missing. Deron Williams.

Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News spoke with Williams today.

“I was surprised,” Williams said in a telephone interview with Daily News. “I never had any conversation with (GM) Billy King about not liking coach, nothing about coach Johnson. Avery was a big reason I came back, because him and Billy. So I was surprised.

It is always going to come back to Williams when a coach is fired and he knows that and doesn’t take kindly to the notion that he had his coach fired. Again.

“We’ve never had an argument, we’ve never had a fight, any disagreements, anything. So, I think it was more kind of what happened in Utah, people still saying I got coach Sloan fired even though he resigned and that’s going to stick with me for a while.”


In recent weeks Williams has blamed himself for his poor play but everyone knows that when he spoke glowingly about ex-coach Jerry Sloan’s offense it was a bright neon sign that he and Johnson did not see eye to eye.

“I definitely don’t think the losing is coach’s fault. I have to play better,” Williams said. “I have to figure out how to balance. When I said the comments that our offense was heavy on isolation plays, that’s a lot of our guys games. That’s a lot of Joe (Johnson’s) game. That’s how he’s coachable.

“So a lot of times I’m going to be sitting in a corner and watching him work, and that’s fine. And Brook (Lopez) needs the ball on the block. I don’t have the ball in my hands as much as I’m accustomed to. I’m still trying to figure out how to get going, get my offense going off of that. Is it coach Johnson’s fault I’m missing wide open shots? No. That was never his fault. That’s on me. I have to play better. So I never said or thought it’s his fault we were losing.”

PJ Carlisemo is next up to coach Williams and every Nets fan hopes this coach can mesh with the all star point guard and get him back to being a top five point guard and leader.

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