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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
D-Will mum on Mavs, Cuban

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is done going back-and-forth with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

“Don’t even ask me about Mark Cuban, I’m not gonna answer any questions about the Dallas Mavericks or Mark Cuban for the rest of the year,” Williams said Wednesday. “Even when we go play Dallas or they come here, I’m not answering any questions about the Dallas Mavericks.”

The Williams-Cuban back-and-forth began on Monday, when the star point guard said he ended up picking the Nets, in-large part, because the billionaire owner of the Mavericks never met with him to answer any questions he had about the organization’s future in Dallas. Cuban then responded to Williams’ comments on Tuesday, saying he threw the Nets’ front office “under the bus.”

“I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference," Cuban said. “I would have expected him to say -- like I’d expect one of our guys to say -- ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’

“That’s what I expect our guys to say and that’s the way I feel about our team. Again, I’m a big D-Will fan, but it’s not about individual players, it’s about building a team. And I really think we put together a good team for the current team and the future.

“He’s a superstar point guard, but my goal is to build a team. That’s the important thing, to try to win championships.

“I’m flattered that he thought my presence would have made more of a difference than what the Nets’ management did.”

The Nets and Mavericks face one another in Brooklyn on March 1, then in Dallas on March 20.