Saturday, March 10, 2012
Glad to be back in N.J., T-Will? 'No'
By Mike Mazzeo
Ex-Net Terrence Williams is finally getting some playing time in Houston.
He’s played in three of the team’s last five games, and scored nine points in 32 minutes. Prior to that, Williams had gotten just 10 minutes over a 27-game span from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28. Reports were that he was inserted back into the lineup because he was practicing better.
“I’ve been practicing the same way I’ve been practicing since day one,” T-Will said prior to Saturday night’s Nets-Rockets game in Newark.
The 24-year-old Williams played 89 games with the Nets after being selected 11th overall by New Jersey in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft. Williams showed signs of being a talented contributor with the Nets, but quickly fell out of favor with coach Avery Johnson, and was dealt to the Rockets in a three-way trade on Dec. 15, 2010.
With New Jersey, Williams was placed on the inactive list due to bad behavior, and had also been fined for being late to practice. Williams was even banished to the D-League for a short stint.
Asked if he was glad to be back, Williams responded, “No. I wasn’t here long enough to be glad to be in Jersey. That’s not really that serious to me.”
Williams did say the thing he loved about New Jersey, was “being able to play basketball” toward end of his rookie year.
“Nets fans were able to see that I know how to play basketball with time on the court,” he said.
Asked why it didn’t work out, Williams told reporters to ask Johnson or GM Billy King.
“I came to the gym [on Dec. 15] and I was traded,” he said.