Thursday, September 19, 2013
D-Will in disbelief after King got KG, Pierce
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams couldn’t believe it when general manager Billy King told Williams that the GM was trying to acquire both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics.
“I knew we were gonna try to get Paul -- I thought that was done -- and then Billy called me and was like, I’m trying to get KG too,” Williams said.
“And I’m like, There’s no way you can do that. So I was like, shut up. I was like, there’s no way you can get both of them, and he did it.”
Williams hopes the additions of Garnett and Pierce will raise his assist-per-game numbers. D-Will averaged just 7.7 dimes per contest last season.
First-year coach Jason Kidd wants Williams to average double-digit assists this season, and D-Will said Kidd’s offense incorporates a couple of different systems.
“Last year it was just hard for me to get assists,” Williams said. “But they don’t have to even tell me. It should be easier this year with the guys we have -- a lot of shooters. Last year, we ran a lot of isolations.”
Williams hopes to run a little more than people think and get points in transition. As a result, it’ll open things up for the Nets offensively, and Williams will be able to get passes off to open shooters after dribble-drive penetration into the paint.
Kidd wants D-Will to get back in the MVP conversation, something the point guard is looking forward to.
“I feel like I’ve gotta raise my game because of all the guys we’ve added,” he said.
• Williams did call ex-teammate Andrei Kirilenko to help convince AK47 to join the Nets.
“I think he’s just as important an addition [as Pierce and KG],” Williams said.
• Williams said this Nets roster is the deepest he’s ever played on.
• D-Will said the workouts he organized in Los Angeles were beneficial because the players got a chance to get to know each other. Most of the roster is now working out at the practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J.
• Williams is excited for the season.
“I feel like we have a chance, but nobody’s gonna give it to us. We’ve gotta go in and work hard and stay together, and we’ll be fine," he said.