Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Terrence Williams penalized 2 games
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets' Terrence Williams may feel 100 percent physically, but the second-year swingman will be inactive for the next two games, including Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, for "repeatedly violating team policy," according to head coach Avery Johnson.
Johnson also said Williams won't be making the trip to Boston Wednesday night when the Nets take on the Celtics. He would not elaborate on what policy Williams violated.
"It's something we've dealt with for the past two or three weeks," Johnson said. "I don't know if he clearly understands what we're trying to do."
Johnson said the Nets have fined Williams "two or three times" for the offense, but noted "it hasn't worked". He added that Williams being inactive was being substituted for a fine.
Williams, who wasn't in the locker room and available for comment before the game because he had been told by the team to stay home, had missed five of the last six games with a strained abdominal injury. He returned on Nov. 20 against the Denver Nuggets, logging eight minutes and scoring two points.
Johnson originally had listed Williams as active after Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Ben Uzoh, who was originally deactivated, replaced Williams on the active roster. Williams joins Troy Murphy and Quinton Ross on the inactive list.
Williams, the Nets' first-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, is averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds so far in eight games this season.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPN New York.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.