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Deron Williams wants you to believe he is not culpable for the Brooklyn Nets giving Avery Johnson the pink slip. Now it’s time for you to play jury. Listen to him plead his case, examine the evidence, and decide for yourself. Was Williams responsible for Johnson’s departure?
After starting the season 11-4, the Brooklyn Nets are 14-14. Avery Johnson has been blasted by players and media alike for his isolation-heavy offense, and basketball’s triumphant return to Brooklyn has been marred by controversy. As of a few minutes ago, the Nets have found a partial solution: firing Avery Johnson.
Welcome to “Pretty Much Screwed,” our 2012-13 guide to the upcoming NBA season, in which we identify the reasons why your favorite team might have to start looking forward to 2013-2014 — and highlight at least one reason for you to be hopeful. Today: the Brooklyn Nets, the Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov-owned Brooklyn upstarts that cost more than the entirety of Brooklyn’s DIY craft breweries.
Something tells me when Nets brass first planned their move to Brooklyn, banking on the relocation attracting big talent, they had this exact video in mind. How’s Deron Williams adjusting to his new neighborhood, you ask? I’d say he’s doing just fine. Watch for yourself, after the jump.
Kevin Love snapped a photo of Team USA during nap time last week if only because it was hilarious. Anthony Davis thinks its 20 degrees on the plane, Coach K is creepily sleeping upright and Russell Westbrook looks like he belongs in Boyz n the Hood. Well, the rest of his teammates weren’t too pleased that he Instrgrammed their beauty sleep, so it was only a matter of time before they paid back the favor. And now they have.
The web roundup for Monday, July 9th. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. See anything that should be on SportsGrid? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the jump, our starting five.
By now you know that superstar point guard Deron Williams is expected to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets. You might also know that future Hall-of-Famer Jason Kidd acted as a sort of advisor to Williams during the making of this decision, playing golf with him last week in New York, sending him playful big brother tweets, and generally just being his bud. You know, just his golf-playing, tweetin’ bro bud. Helps to have those.
All it took was $100 million dollars over five years and a massive trade for an All-Star back court mate, but the Nets finally got Deron Williams to move to Brooklyn with them. That groaning sound you hear is all the New York-area hipsters, who from now on will talk about how they liked the Nets before they were good.
As we approach the NBA Draft—and you get sick of all the stories and time we’re devoting to it—one rehashed question is: who will look the most ridiculous when he crosses the stage to shake David Stern’s hand? Let’s not focus on that: let’s instead turn our attention to guys who weren’t a complete disaster in a suit. Because looking dapper is a must for draftees, and looking the most dapper is how to win draft night.