Deron Williams and other players kind of played off the idea of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets rivalry during last season, and many experts and fans would agree. I heard many instances where a fan, or a writer would state that in order to have a rivalry there needs to be a history of tough games, and utter dislike for the other team and or players. These types of heated feelings generally build up over a playoff series, and that may be what’s needed in order for these two clubs to share a true rivalry.
Sure, the Knicks and Nets now share the same city, but New York is hardly a small area, and Brooklyn and Manhattan might as well be two different worlds. Many New Yorkers consider the Nets an invasive species in their city, and still refer to them as the New Jersey Nets. This is all understandable. The Clippers and Lakers not only share a city, but they share an arena, and NOBODY is calling what they have a rivalry. In both cases you have a divisional foe, or rival, but it’s not the same as the Celtics/Lakers back in the 1980′s, or the Pistons/Bulls of the late 80′s, early 90′s.
“When the reporters are asking us, ‘Is it a big deal?’, I think we all kind of shrug it off,” Deron said.
“Even when we won or when the Knicks won, the way they celebrated wasn’t how you would celebrate after a normal win. It definitely means much more. It’s not really a rivalry yet, but I think it’s forming, and as we get better and as the Knicks get better, I think it’ll be a rivalry for years to come.”
Many speculate over whether or not the arrival of Jason Kidd as the Brooklyn Nets new head coach will help push the envelope a little bit on the growth of this “rivalry”. Kidd played a good chunk of his NBA career with the Nets in New Jersey, but finished his career as a New York Knick. Kidd literally retired as a Knick, and then was hired as the Nets’ new head coach in the same month. Could something like this push this beef between burrows over the edge? Maybe, but as I said up top, the Knicks and Nets will need games, and likely tough playoff ones, to push create what the NBA world would consider to be a true rivalry.
Despite the Brooklyn Nets tough home loss to the Chicago Bulls in game 7 of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, the game still managed to bring the fans plenty of highlights, including this pass and finish put together by teammates, Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace.
After Nate Robinson coughs it up on one end, the Nets start a break that finishes with a slick bounce pass from Deron Williams, who hits a streaking Gerald Wallace for the big flush. This nice example of teammate came with about 7:10 to go in the first quarter and tied the game up 9-9.
The Nets showed some fight, but ultimately looked like the road team in this one, as the Bulls asserted their defensive will and came away with the 99-93 victory and advanced to meet the Miami Heat in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs.
Joakim Noah steered the Bulls’ ship with a big 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Bulls won game 7 on the road without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. This team is well coached, and plays every game with heart and determination, which was ultimately the difference between them and the disappointing Nets in their inaugural season in Brooklyn.
Jose Calderon knows what it feels like getting shook. After all, he was a Youtube sensation when Nate Robinson did it to him. As the voice over “talent” suggests, you will get embarrassed and called out if you fall down. Worse for Deron Williams, who was the recipient to Calderon’s step back move, you don’t want to end up doing a split.
If nothing else we now know that Deron Williams is quite flexible right? Check it out:
Jason Kidd was all set to resign with the Dallas Mavericks. That is until Deron Williams talked him out of it during a round of golf. Kidd could have resigned with the Mavericks and capped off a hall-of-fame career by ending it with the same team that drafted him and he won a championship with. In fact, Deron Williams according to Kidd, said the Mavericks were on the top of both their free-agent wish list. Then the pair broke down the declining Maverick roster, and realized Dallas may be looking at some rebuilding years.
“I was with my good friend Deron and I am looking at him and he talked to me about it and the reason why he thought he couldn’t go was because of the (Mavericks) roster,” Kidd said in a WFAN interview.“I kind of looked at it, too and I backed off and I looked at it and said, ‘Hey, New York has a chance to be successful. I can help those guys win.’”
And there you have it folks. Like all athletes of our generation, superstar point guard Deron Williams announced his much awaited decision of whether to stay with the Brooklyn Nets or flee from Dallas via his twitter account . It’s official, Deron Williams will be a Brooklyn Net.
Here’s the tweet:
Made a very tough decision today….
The tweet was followed by a picture of the Brooklyn Nets logo. Reports have the deal as a five-year, $100M extension for the much desired point guard, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski
This comes just a day after Brooklyn made a blockbuster deal to acquire Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks. Needless to say, many fans in Brooklyn are ecstatic and are sure to have an exciting inaugural season in Brooklyn. Now, the only shoe left to drop is the inevitable ending to the Dwightmare.
To be a great news reporter, you need sources. But you need to have credible sources as well. Apparently, according to Deron Williams, Yahoo doesn’t have that.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski claims that if the Brooklyn Nets don’t acquire Dwight Howard, Deron Williams will be on his way out of town via free agency. When Williams heard about this, his first response was to call out the Yahoo writer.
Williams, from the beginning on, has claimed to weigh his options. But we all know that Deron Williams is a true competitor and will do whatever it takes to win. Which means if the Nets are bringing in pieces, Williams is gone.
But it seems that Yahoo, once again, gave us a headline rather than a story.