Utah Jazz: Deron Williams talks candidly about Jazz's struggles
"I don't even want to think about it. I don't want to get into one of those things where everybody's guessing what I'm going to do. You can guess if you want to but you're not going to know from me."
One thing is certain, said Williams: He will not imitate LeBron James and orchestrate a program such as "The Decision," televised by ESPN in July.
"I don't think anybody would tune in, anyway," he said. "You'll have a decision when I have one."
Williams' more immediate concern is the Jazz's playoff hopes. Two players, in Williams' mind, who could provide pivotal roles are newcomers Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward. Jefferson leads the Jazz in rebounding (9.1 per game) and ranks second in scoring (17.4).
"Al's been doing a great job for us all year," Williams said. "He's improving every game and getting more and more used to our system of offense and our style of play. I look forward to him improving a lot in the second half."
Hayward, a rookie who led Butler to last year's NCAA final against Duke, has started just 12 of the 48 games in which he has played.
"It's been a strange year for him," Williams said. "He's had a large stretch when he wasn't playing any minutes. Then we had some injuries and he was inserted in the starting lineup. It's a lot to ask of a rookie.
"But I think he's progressing well. He plays well in practice. He works hard and, really, that's all you can ask for."
If the NBA's All-Star Weekend offers anything to the rest of the Jazz, it would be a chance to relax and recharge.
"We've had times when we've been hot coming into the all-star break and I thought, 'I wish we didn't have it,' " Williams said. "This year, it's kind of the opposite. We've been pretty cold and it would be a good chance for us just to get a break, to get refocused.
"We've played some good basketball this season. We just have to find ourselves again. We've just got to go back to playing and having fun."
After 53 games this season, Williams' prescription for his team contains a uniquely personal meaning.
NBA All-Star Game
Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference
Today, 6:30 p.m.
Staples Center, Los Angeles
TV: TNT Radio: 700 AM
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