Deron Williams Says He Doesn’t Really Feel Like a New Yorker

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Foot, meet mouth.

After averaging just 14 points and 6 assists per game last season, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams probably isn’t in the good graces of Nets fans everywhere. After signing a max-deal with the team a few summers back, Williams has greatly under-performed, to the point that his contract is one of the worst in the league. You can’t really blame Nets fans for souring on him.

So how does Williams work on getting back the support of the teams fanbase? By speaking with Resident Magazine and dumping on New York of course.

“I’m not going to lie. I don’t really feel so much like a New Yorker,” he told the publication. “I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like ‘yeah, go play in the sun.’ Here it’s more challenging. The process of getting them into school is a nightmare. Even private schools where you pay are an ordeal. In Utah, you just send your kids to the first public school in the area because they’re all great.

“Truth is, we enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle and going back to Utah every summer,” he added. “It’s a relief to take that timeout. No traffic. No crowds. My daughters still have their friends there. There’s a big backyard. They go to the pool; the playground and they jump on the trampoline. Kids running wild and free here (in New York)…? I don’t think so.”

So let me see if I have this right. Deron Williams forces his way out of Utah to the Nets, then turns down a max offer from the Dallas Mavericks to stay in Brooklyn with the Nets, and now complains that New York is too busy and isn’t very quiet… just like Utah and Dallas, the two places he spurned to play in New York?

This all makes about as much sense as the downward spiral of Deron’s career. Remember when him and Chris Paul were once in the same conversation? Yikes.

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