Sunday, October 7, 2012
D-Will: Barclays Center works for me
By Mike Mazzeo
Deron Williams apparently likes the Nets’ new digs.
The point guard, who frequently complained about playing in the Prudential Center because of its poor shooting background, raved about the Barclays Center after the team practiced there for the first time on Sunday.
“This is a basketball arena, so you are not going to have that problem. It was good,” Williams replied when asked about the $1 billion arena’s depth perception, according to Newsday’s Rod Boone.
Williams blasted the team’s temporary home in Newark last season after a loss to the Thunder in January. Prudential Center, home to the NHL’s Devils, wasn’t built specifically for basketball.
“I don’t like this arena one bit. But, it’s a good thing it’s not our arena next year,” Williams said then. “Even last year, it just doesn’t feel like our home arena. I don’t know why. It just doesn’t feel like it.
“It just doesn’t have good vision. The depth perception’s not there.”
Williams, a career 45.5 percent shooter, shot a career-low 40.7 percent last season, including 40.6 percent at home. Williams was a 36.7 percent 3-point shooter on the road, compared to 30.6 percent at home.