Utah Jazz notebook: Deron Williams struggling through injury, slump

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  • FlatlanderCougar Doniphan, NE
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    Why has Deron (I refuse to say "DWill") never explained his situation of calling his own play after the TO? I've heard most of the other stuff but not any personal ownership for his insubordination; but I did hear Malone's.........and that was good enough for me! Struggle on Williams .... struggle on!

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    How about this trade AK and Dwill to New Jersey and get back Favors and their pg and 2 or 3 first round picks.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 17, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    If Dwill cared about winning, he would skip the allstar game. Guaranteed he will be there the whole weekend!!

  • sputterish Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Strangely, I think all three of the above comments are more or less correct.
    I wonder, though: maybe DWill doesn't so much need his confidence back as he needs to aquire a little humility. I know, "confidence in his shot". . . but at the same time, less trust in himself as the end-all and be-all, and more confidence in the concept of team. I'm not talking just about players: the NBA has had dozens if not hundreds of "perfect" teams with "perfect" fits brought about by brilliant trades. The ones who win it all, though: there's confidence in the system, confidence in all team memebers, including the "old" or "out-of-touch" GMs and coaches who have years of experience, a thorough understanding of every aspect of the game, some failure-and-determination derived perspective. It's only when you're willing to admit that you are not the "answer" but embrace that you are just one of the pieces of the bigger picture, that true success results. I like DWill, and I hope that he can somehow find a way to obtain THAT kind of confidence. It may already be too late.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    DWill needs to stop feeling sorry for himself and either step it up or shut it down and get healthy. I for one have no sympathy for someone who complains and whines and criticizes others around him until he gets what he wants and now changes his tune to try and deflect the blame for Jerry leaving and wants our support.
    Sorry Deron, figure this one out on your own, remember next time to be careful what you wish for.

  • hpr Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Actually, Hellooo, that is not exactly correct. Nearly all the point guards on other teams cannot stay up with him. They always put a SG or someone else to guard him because they can't keep up. One of the slowest? Not hardly. He is not outplayed at both ends. He is struggling mentally because he is being blamed for something that he didn't do. Nobody ran Sloan out, he was tired of all of it. Maybe you ought to really look at the problems. Williams is not making his shots because of his wrist. He was chosen for the All Star team and you don't just say no. I doubt he will play a whole lot and he is the only one who knows if it will hurt or help his wrist. The other teams had three point shooting going for them. We don't have a good three point shooter even though CJ thinks he is.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    The problem is not DWill's offense. It is that he is one of the poorest defender's in league. He is just not quick enough to stay with the leagues elite point guards or even some of the not elite point guards. And, in most cases he makes a very poor effort to be a defender. Note the last few losses and even the one win, Ellis, Evans, Westbrooke, Rose, Nash, Nash, Ellis every game the opposing team wins at the second most important position in the game. How can you win when the Jazz best player is outplayed on both ends of the court every game. BTW if the wrist is really a problem, then why is he playing in the All Star game?

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    @concerned jazz fan-

    The main thing is DWill's wrist. He's taking shots that he usually knocks down. Hopefully it will get better soon.

  • concerned jazz fan Park City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    D-Will versus distractors.
    the reason why D-Will is struggling is maybe I think he is affected mentally, I think he is distracted on the bad publicity that the media made about him regarding Sloan's departure. it may take a while before D-Will regains his confidence, the good thing is a long break is coming, that will help him to move on and lessen the distraction.