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Williams is impressing Avery on defense

10/5/2010

As of now, Anthony Morrow has won the starting two job over Terrence Williams, mainly for his shooting. But Avery Johnson is not simply overlooking Williams. He realizes how gifted he is, especially as a passer. Johnson also says Williams is picking it up a notch on defense (NorthJersey.com), and Morrow knows he has to assert himself in that area to hang on to his spot (NJNets.com). "Terrence is gifted. Boy, he’s gifted," Johnson said. "And now he’s playing defense better than I’ve ever seen him play going back to his Louisville days. Now he’s taking a step forward defensively. And the times he doesn’t over-dribble, he’s a special passer. So we’re going to try and keep him in that special area. He’ll throw an interception. I’m not going to go crazy when he does because I know he’s trying to make the right play." With Devin Harris' foot injury "an area of concern," according to Johnson (New York Daily News), will Williams play some point guard this preseason? He did have four turnovers in the first game, but his 6'6" size, versatility, athleticism and passing skills could all give him some minutes at the one.

Nets notes:

  • The Nets are all in favor of Derrick. After the first game, his teammates were full of praise (Examiner.com). Johnson: "He was good, in the right spots on defense and really decisive on offense. He ran the floor well. He got some good work in for his first professional game." Brook Lopez: "Just watching him progress through the summer league, through all the practices, through training camp, I somewhat (expected this kind of performance). For the team in general, I think he'll make it loads easier. I think he'll be very good." Harris: "He doesn't look nervous, he looked natural. We attribute to our offense to give him the ball where he can be successful, and he just does what he does naturally, finishing strong. That's what we need him to do."

  • Jordan Farmar and his mother will be "Making Dreams Come True" this season for pedriatric patients (FarmarLive.com). Their program will give children, who are patients at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, a special VIP experience at six home games, along with their families. In addition, they'll be treated to round-trip car service to the arena, a pre-game dinner, access to watch shoot-around, a gift card for Nets merchandise and a post-game meet and greet with Farmar himself.

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