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Deron Williams thinks Utah Jazz playbook better suited to his game.

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Oh, for the good days in Salt Lake City

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Into each NBA life, a little controversy must fall.

In anticipation of the Nets game with the Jazz, their first reunion in Brooklyn, Deron Williams took a shot at the Nets playbook and by extension his coach, Avery Johnson. It was not subtle.

"That system was a great system for my style of play," Williams said of the "flex" offense run by his former coach, Jerry Sloan. "I’m a system player. I love Coach Sloan’s system. I loved the offense there."

Wait a minute. Didn't he and Sloan have a falling out that may or may not have led to Sloan's mid-season resignation back in 2010?

"Is it as good as there? No," he said, when asked if the Nets' system was as good as the Jazz. "There’s just more one-on-one and isos" in the Brooklyn offensive playbook. WIlliams, whose numbers this year, both on offense and defense, are all down, also noted he has been hurt the entire time he's been in New Jersey and Brooklyn. ""I’ve really had injuries I’ve been dealing with the whole time."

Williams was quick to add that it's only December and that he can adapt but he sounded like he really didn't want to.

Is this an uh-oh moment for Avery Johnson, in the last year of his deal with the Nets? Nope, he says.

"I even told him before practice today in our video session, nothing is wrong with his game," Johnson said. "Everything is going to be fine. It’s the 23rd game of the season. He has a chance to get on a roll for the next 23 games."