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Deron Williams defends Bruce Weber

Updated: February 17, 2012, 4:34 PM ET
By Melisssa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Former Illinois star Deron Williams said he would be "very disappointed" if coach Bruce Weber were fired, and he believes blame for the team's problems lies with the players.

"He's in a tough situation," Williams said by phone Thursday after scoring 29 points in a losing effort for the New Jersey Nets. "I'd be very disappointed [if Weber were fired]. That's my coach, and it would be hard for me.

"I would still support the program, but it would be hard."

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