Deron Williams came off the court exhilarated Sunday, ready to do good-hearted battle with beat writers. And after initially denying that he'd heard what Kobe Bryant said about him being "psyched out" during the Heat series, Williams offered a heated response.
According to Sports Illustrated, here's what Bryant said after Williams went 0-for-9 in Game 2, a Nets loss.
Can you believe Deron Williams went 0-9? I would go 0-30 before I would go 0-9. 0-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game, because Deron Williams can get more shots in the game. The only reason is because you've just now lost confidence in yourself.’
Williams, who had been joking with reporters, turned serious (but decidedly not defensive) in discussing Bryant's comment.
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