Deron Williams struggles this season are highly documented. He’s shooting %39 and scoring a career low 16 points per game.
Of course we are all aware of the fact that Williams struggles greatly accounted for head coach Avery Johnson being fired last week.
Williams was speaking to the New York Post recently, and attributed part of his struggles to “working himself to hard, and not taking any breaks.”
“I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out,” he said according to the NY Post. “After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning. I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general.
“I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven’t had a break since before then. I felt like I could handle it, and at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to get out of shape. I wanted to just keep going.”
Williams chose to chase a dollar and go to Istanbul when he didn’t necessarily need the money. Williams made the choice to participate in the Olympics, and then not take time off after those game.