Seeing as tonight's Nets-Mavericks game in Dallas is a homecoming for Deron Williams, he's expecting to hear fewer cheers tonight than usual. The reason? It's simple. Because he didn't sign with the Mavs this summer, instead he signed a lucrative extension to stay with the Nets.
From the Dallas Morning News:
Now, you can boo Williams all you want, Mavs fans (for whatever reason), but the guy did take the 5-year $98-million deal over what Dallas reported offered: a 4-year $73-million deal. (David Aldridge has reported the Mavs didn't even bid that high, that they were offering $70 million!). Not sure anyone leaves at least $25 million on the table for a "hometown" discount.
Point is: don't hate the player, hate the CBA. Or, also, hate the player, if you must -- it's your right as a fan -- just make sure you hate the CBA as well.
Meanwhile, the Nets announced that Kris Humphries is a game-time decision. He is reportedly suffering a "tight back."
- Nets’ Deron Williams: ‘Usually, I get cheers here,’ but ‘that’ll probably stop’ - Brad Townsend - Dallas Mavericks Blog
- W2W4: Nets at Mavericks - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Deron Williams: 'Just another game' - Tim MacMahon - ESPN Dallas
Nets vs. Mavericks - Game Preview (Video) - Ben Couch - Brooklyn Nets