Comments about ‘Deron Williams: 'I'm not the same player since Utah traded me'; says Jazz’s system was a better fit’

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Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 7:05 p.m. MST

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Springville, UT

Deron who?

American Fork, UT

Wish he'd had that appreciation for Sloan BEFORE getting him bounced...

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hindsight is always 20/20 Deron. If you'd have put in the effort to be happy with the system that worked for you.. who knows what might have been different.

Burley, ID

Sounds like . . . regret. Unfortunately, it's too late now. Deron got his big contract and all the baggage that goes with it.

Ogden, UT

D-Will made his bed, now he has to sleep in it.

The comment from Deron, where he said that there was only a possibility he was leaving was laughable. The Jazz saw the writing on the wall and tossed him overboard.

Gold Canyon, az

So D Will appreciates his time in Utah, he is not bad mouthing. I am still a D Will fan. Go Jazz!

Orem, Utah

The Jazz don't have a superstar---the guy who'll not let the team score only 10 points in a quarter, even on a bad night.

D-Will is such a player. He might be butting heads with another coach again, but he can be THE GUY on a team. It just depends on the fit. Looks like Brooklyn isn't that fit.

I wouldn't mind a bit if D-Will somehow came back to the Jazz. He does try to run the team, and not let it lose so easily as the Jazz have the past two games.

Sandy, UT

he has been haunted with multi injuries.oh well!

Provo, UT

Injuries, Coach's system, weak team around him. Excuses are piling up. I said it when he was traded. Deron Williams will not have the same caliber career that he would have had if he had stayed. He got his billboards all over Brooklyn and a fat contract, but would have been a better player if he stayed.

St Louis, MO

DW's play with the Nets so far has confirmed what we already knew about the Jazz brass . . they're a savvy group who tend to buy low and sell high. It hasn't netted them a championship yet, but no-one can say these guys don't know what they're doing.

Kearns, UT

Boo hoo. My heart bleeds for poor Deron. Seems like is ego back when he got Sloan fired wouldn't let him realize just what a good thing he had here.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

He was good while he was here.

DN Subscriber 2

So, how many millions of dollars is this guy getting paid to run around in shorts and throw a basketball? Answer- way more than he is worth.

It is nice he appreciates Jerry Sloan's genius now. Too bad he did not respect it when he was the beneficiary. Now, he simply is praising it as an excuse for his own poor performance.

Good riddance.

Salt Lake City, UT

Same old Deron -- bad mouth his (current) coach and team. Though talented, he is a selfish cancer.

Roosevelt, UT

Folks read the interview, he never said he liked Sloan just his system. Probably by now he has figured out they tend to go together.

Sloan did a lot with a little. This season the NBA rated players on their offense and defense abilities. LeBron was off the charts on top, while CJ was ranked as worst in the league, Ronnie Price was also in the bottom 1% and Korver was in the bottom 2%, his offense was okay but his defense is still such he cannot guard a cheerleader.

In Sloans system these guys could cover off the flaws of their teammates. Imagine 25% of your team being in the bottom 5% of the league and still make it to the playoffs. Sloans system also allowed Boozer to get 20 and 10 for an average all the while covering Boozers defensive liabilities.

Deron now plays in a system where each player has not bought into the defensive scheme and if he plays defense he is the only one and it doesn't take a genius to figure out how lonely that can be.

Deron can be the go to guy and the Jazz still need one of those.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's almost uncanny how many players who flourished in Sloan's system and then went elsewhere NEVER, EVER matched their production as a Jazzman. It's a tribute to Jerry Sloan really.

Some players need "systems" to succeed. Add D-Will to the list.

Shame we couldn't get along cause D-Will would have had a Hall of Fame career in Utah.

West Jordan, UT

@Flashback - Deron Williams didn't get Sloan fired. Sloan retired of his own volition.

Secondly, Deron Williams didn't leave the Jazz because he struck some deal to get more money or more playing time. Jazz management traded him and he found out the day it happened, after it leaked on the TV. He was as surprised as anyone.

Williams is a talented player, and was key. But he was also a loudmouth that didn't appreciate the opportunity he had to work with Jerry Sloan. Maybe now he's gained some perspective, and the rest of his career will reflect that.

Nibley, Ut

Grass ain't always greener. but, he was unhappy and the Jazz were unhappy with him here at the end. So goes life.

Ogden, UT

It's unfortunate how the whole thing played out. The Jazz lost a great point guard and one of the best coaches of all time and now we're stuck with Corbin..... At least we got Favors, oh wait, he rarely sees the court, because of? Corbin......

Hurricane, UT

I would like to challenge anyone to find a player who played in Sloan's system and left to another team and become more productive. I can't think of one off the top of my head. However, my point is, Sloan's system made athletes more productive. Yet, those same athletes were blind to this fact until after they leave. Arrogance is a key contributor.

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