- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Nets point guard Deron Williams has said he'd love to play with Magic center Dwight Howard. D-Will has also said he'll definitely re-sign with the Nets if they're able to pull off a blockbuster trade to acquire D-12.
Those comments probably don't sit too well with Orlando fans -- and Williams doesn't expect a warm reception from them when the Nets take on the Magic on Thursday night at Amway Arena.
"I feel like we're gonna get booed pretty good,'' Williams told reporters in Orlando before the team's morning shootaround. "I have a feeling. I have a feeling that Kris Humphries is not going to be the only one getting booed."
"I'm sure we're not going to be a team that they're going to roll out the red carpet for us," coach Avery Johnson said. "I don't anticipate a warm welcome, but that's the way it goes. A lot of the rumors and speculation, we can't control it. ... Hopefully we can come in and among the boos and all of the different treatment that we're going to get tonight, hopefully we'll play well."
An Orlando reporter asked Williams if had any interested in joining Howard with the Magic.
"Come on, now," Williams replied. "I'm not even going to answer that questions. You could try to rephrase it. I'm still not going to answer it."
Williams has gotten off to a rough start this season. In two games, he's made just 11 of his 33 field goal attempts and turned the ball over 10 times. And with legitimate post presence Brook Lopez out for at least six weeks with a broken foot, those trends may continue.
Williams is also playing with seven newcomers, many of whom have barely even practiced.
"It's tough, man. I mean, it's been every game so far," Williams said.
Williams' teammates are going to have to to start knocking down shots and making plays. That's the only way it'll change.
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