- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The schedule didn’t look so bad to Deron Williams when he saw it as a list. But the Nets point guard’s opinion quickly changed when he saw it as a calendar.
“It’s ugly,” Williams said. “Fourteen of 22 on the road [to start]. Pretty ugly.”
The Nets will play 10 of their first 14 games away from the Prudential Center. They’ll also play six games over the course of the first eight nights of the season. And instead of playing 3.5 games a week like they would in a normal season, they’ll play almost four games a week in 2011-12.
Granted, their coach isn’t ready to make any excuses about the abnormal 66-game schedule.
“I told the team when I first met with them, this is an unusual year with unusual challenges and circumstances,” Avery Johnson said. “But we’re not gonna be a team to complain or make excuses.
“It is what it is. Six games in eight nights. Three in a row. I don’t think there was any favoritism with the way the schedules were made.”
Williams was asked what kind of advice he’d give the younger players on the Nets’ roster. Even though Williams has never played in a lockout-shortened season before, he was certainly honest.
“Get ready to hit a wall,” he replied.