Mar 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) goes up for a layup against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
You had to expect it: the parsing of everything Deron Williams says from now on about his future. Without Dwight Howard in a Brooklyn Nets uniform, the situation becomes less certain. And so when D-Will said Wednesday that it's unlikely anything over the last 19 games will affect his decision in July, there were differing interpretations.
Does it mean he's made up his mind or does it mean he's simply put aside the Nets injury-riddled season and is looking at other aspects of whether to stay or go. The Nets remain optimistic, but they were optimistic about Dwight Howard, too.
Specifically, Williams was asked if anything over the last 19 games of the season could impact his decision this summer.
"Not really", came the response. He was also asked if the Nets could supplant the Knicks in the city's basketball culture. "Not anytime soon," he said, adding "It would take a while for all the kids to grow up Net fans ... I think it’ll be a while. But if we win a championship, there’s no telling." We? Let the guessing begin.
- D-Will's mind already made up? - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Deron Williams won't be swayed by final month of the season - Stefan Bondy - The InterNets
- Deron Williams talks about the future - Andy Vasquez - NJ Nets Nation
Deron says Nets final 19 games won't affect decision - Fred Kerber - New York Post Nets Blog
Deron Williams: Nets can steal Knicks fans if they win championship first - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Deron Williams: Brooklyn's Barclays Center #1 !! (Video) - Pete Tenney - Brooklyn Fans