Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Deron Williams

The dude is a stud. Check out this feature in today's USA Today. You don't get this kind of love in a national paper unless you're turning some heads.

P.S. I believe Weber coached him or something.

Here are the two best excerpts:

Williams broke into the starting lineup nine games into the season but lost the job before Christmas after butting heads with Sloan.

"I thought he wasn't working as hard as he should have been," Sloan says.
Even today, Williams doesn't buy into that. "I've always worked hard," he says.

He called his former coach, Illinois' Bruce Weber, looking for direction.

"He was mad at Coach Sloan, and Coach Sloan is hard on rookies," Weber says. "After he did all his crying and whining, I said, 'You're not going to win. Jerry Sloan is the Jazz. He's a Hall of Famer, so you better figure it out.' "


Williams is a ferocious competitor. Ask Jazz rookie Dee Brown, who played with him at Illinois. The two compete at everything — Monopoly, video games, pingpong. "He's been dominating at pingpong," Brown says. "He's raised his game."

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