Deron Williams sat in front of his locker in Brooklyn Wednesday. Only this time, it was in the opposing team's locker room, as a Dallas Maverick, the way it probably should've been from 2012 on.
Smiling and welcoming, Williams seemed more than happy to talk to reporters on Wednesday night, the same New York media he'd been so quick to criticize only a day or so before.
"Add that to the New York media and the fans or I should say the non-fans, the ones that don't pick you up it all takes a toll on you," Williams told ESPN Dallas, explaining what was wrong in Brooklyn.
Williams talked to reporters after Rick Carlisle said the veteran point guard wouldn't dress for the game. His hamstring was still bothering him. But something very peculiar happened...
According to a source close to the situation, Williams supposedly forgot to bring a suit to the game and because of NBA rules, he couldn't show face on the sidelines or cheer for his guys. So, he had to stay behind when his teammates took to the court. Reporters could talk to him, but the fans -- excuse us, non-fans -- wouldn't get to see him. Weak. And as Tim Bontemps noted in the Washington Post, fitting.
Everybody talks about how great Deron is in Dallas, obviously having a solid season with his new team, but what was the reason that he "forgot" his suit. How does one "forget" their suit when they know they aren't going to play? Even still, they couldn't find him a suit elsewhere? I don't know. It just doesn't seem right, especially after bashing the Nets and their ‘non fans'.
Those same ‘non fans' chanted, "Where is Deron?" all night. But really, where was Deron?
It was reported that he was in the weight room for most of the game.
So why bother even making the trip to Brooklyn if he wasn't going to show his face at all? Most importantly, why wasn't he out there with his guys, hurt or not, there for them through an intense battle, cheering them on. Was it because of the boos he might hear? Was it because of the "Missing" signs hung in the die-hard sections?
I get that the expectations are lower in Dallas, but I'd like to think that even when you're hurt, you'd still go out there and be there for your teammates. Be a ‘team guy'. It's not something we saw or heard much about here in Brooklyn, but after all, things are so much different and better in Dallas with his new teammates, right? Why wasn't he there for them?
He even missed a pretty amazing moment in Dirk Nowitzki's career when he scored his 10th point in the second quarter and passed Shaquille O'Neal for sixth all-time in scoring in NBA history. The Mavericks and even the Barclays crowd gave Nowitzki a well deserved ovation.
Granted, this was one of the few games on the calendar circled for Nets fans. Two nights before Christmas with D-Will in town, why not catch a decent ballgame for a good price? Everybody was loud and had the potential to be rowdy, but Williams never gave them a chance to be.
If I'm Deron, I don't want to be booed either, obviously. I get it. But if you're going to talk bad about an organization AND their fans, at least man up and show face OR find a better excuse than forgetting your suit.
Make what you'd like of it. It's obviously over and in the past, but this just doesn't seem like something that should go unnoticed.
The Nets and Mavericks won't play in Brooklyn until next season, so any chance of the ‘non fans' getting their licks in on D-Will won't happen until next year. For now, it's disappointing.
But maybe it's better off this way. The Nets, at 8-21, essentially aren't playing for much anyway. So when it's time for the Mavericks and D-Will to visit Brooklyn again next year, things MIGHT be a little different.
The Nets should be better next year and people will be waiting for his real return to Brooklyn. He can avoid the Brooklyn fans for now, but there will be a day when Deron finally does have to show face in front of the people he consistently disappoints.