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"Don't Muddy Our Celebration!"

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In talking to Knick fans Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, among others, Avery Johnson made it clear that he wasn't going to let their or anyone else's questions about Deron Williams' contract "muddy our waters or our celebration."

Much of the opening questions related to Williams' deal, which runs through next season, with a $17.8 million player option (and possibly an extension) in 2012-13. 

"In our situation," Johnson said. "We feel really good about Deron now and in the future." Then he took a veiled slap at the Knicks' signing of Amare Stoudemire, "When you pay a guy 100 million for five, six years, you don't know if he's going to make it through that contract.  It's a risk."

Bottom line, Williams "will be at top of his game for the next five to seven years," said the coach who described Williams as "excited."