For Terrence WIlliams, the worst of it may not have been the time he spent on the bench in January and February, but a single event, on December 8. After sleeping through shootaround, Kiki Vandeweghe had him run up and down the stairs at Chicago's United Center, then kept him on the bench during the Nets first road win vs. the Bulls.
"I saw with the NBA, especially with the regular season, it’s up and down. If you continue to play and keep your head up — and I definitely did – it all works out fine," he told Dave D'Alessandro just before the Heat game. But he admits back then, “I didn’t know how my part was going to play out.” It took some time and a few more fines and an occasional benching. Then things finally came to a head in January.
After tweeting his unhappiness at where he had been drafted, arguing with a beat reporter and generally acting selfish, he saw the light...in the form of Rod Thorn threatening to send him north to Springfield, MA., and the D-League. He kept faith, as did Thorn and Vandeweghe and by season's end, Thorn was saying "he’ll be an important player on a very good team."
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