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

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  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    List of players who left looking for greener pastures, or were not resigned and did not thrive away from Utah:

    Shandon Anderson

    Howard Eisley

    Carlos Boozer

    Deron Williams (He was going to leave, and he still has time to change this and thrive, the jury is still out on that)

    Greg Foster

    Those are the most obvious ones.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    I golfed with him.. Maybe one of the most arrogant and selfish people I have seen. Unbelievable.

  • Scandrus Cedar Hills, Utah
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:27 p.m.

    @herby, how about Kosta Koufus, Kris Humphries and Mo Williams all became starters and fine players after warming the bench in Utah. Also, Andrei Kirilinko is a better player now than he was his last 5 years under Sloan's system. While it is true the Jazz typically get the most out of players, not everyone flourished under the structure that Jerry implemented.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    Deron William certainly "burned his bridges" with the Jazz. Hindsight is always better than foresight, Deron. Glad, at least, that he is saying something positive about the Jazz.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Say what you might about D'Will but Jerry Sloan has no rings and no Coach of the Year awards.

    Always a bride's maid was Jerry, and that's the best he could do.

    Either that, or he was the least lucky coach ever in the NBA; i.e., "It's the players' fault, not Jerry's."

    Baloney! He couldn't quite get the job done.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    it would be great if they could get sloan and williams back. when sloan was there i always said it was time for him to go. but like deron i have learned IT WASEN"T

  • Fubecao Bellevue, WA
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    @Herby: I agree with your point. The only player I can think of who fits what you're looking for might be Mo Williams the first time around. Of course, he didn't really "play" for Sloan much, but he became an All-Star in Cleveland. Raja Bell, too, seemed to play a bit better in his Phoenix days than he did the first time in Utah. Interesting, though, that both of those guys were eager to come back to the Jazz.

  • happy2BGrandma Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Williams is not a happy man--that is painfully obvious. He whined (in a very unmanly manner) the whole time he "played" for the Jazz. He's again pulling his "injury" card with Brooklyn as he did here. Mostly, I think he is whining his way out of what could have been a great career.

  • Bring Back Sloan Provo, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    I have to agree with a handful of comments posted: Indeed, it was Sloan's system that made these players as good, possibly better, than they could have been elsewhere. Could you imagine what Sloan would do with the likes of Kanter, Burks, Favors...& even Hayward (though I'm not completely sold on this kid yet, due to his inconsistency & lack of mental toughness at times). He would love Carroll's gritty & energetic nature.

    Dennis, please bring Sloan back! He'll come back, I guarantee it!

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    @ Herby,
    Mo Williams comes to mind as a player that left the Jazz and became an all-star. Mo didn't want to go and Sloan didn't want to lose him but Kevin O Conner made the decision to leave him unprotected in the expansion draft. I dont know how much he would have flourished here because that was about the time the Jazz drafted D-Will I believe. Another player that has done pretty well believe it or not is Kirilenko. AK at his age is still putting up good numbers in Minnesota in all categories.

  • NYJazzFan East Elmhurst, NY
    Dec. 18, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    You know, for once I agree with all the posts on here!! Too bad for you D-Will your short-sightedness might have derailed your potential hall of fame career!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    It's always telling to me how players grow up as they age.

    As for Sloan and DWill not working well together, neither did Sloan and Malone. But Malone understood that, even if he hated Sloan, keeping a business relationship would bring success. Too bad for DWill that he didn't realize that while still in Utah.

    @shawnm750 - You're right that DWill was traded, but he was only traded after it was apparent that he would not stay in Utah. Jazz brass got insane amounts back in the trade and did their best with the situation. If he would have been likely to choose to stay in Utah there's little chance they would have traded him.

  • numer35 Orem, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    D-Will is the best point guard in the league and if people can't recognize it, it is pure ignorance. I love how people on these boards only talk on what they hear they never read anything or actually watch a game. The Jazz would be a top 4 team in the west all through the year if we had D-will on the team. If the jazz want to be a championship caliber team they need a star on the team and also a new coach. We have the best big man rotation in the league and Corbin isn't using his young talent the right way. Make some trades happen Kevin.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    @ Shawn

    Don't be naive. Deron fought with Sloan, Sloan has still shown desire to coach since retirement.

    Furthermore, the Jazz are not stupid. The Jazz franchise is one of the best run franchises in the NBA. It was obvious Williams was not coming back, so they did the smart thing and got what they could for him.

    He pouted in Utah when things went wrong, he blamed his teammates for not knowing plays, he was short with the media.

    A lot of the D Will faithful have him painted as some Golden Boy while he was here which he truly was not.

    Remember when he threw the ball at Gordon Hayward?

    I am not a D Will hater. I liked him when he was here. I am bothered he did not show the desire to stay. I think he lacks leadership, and does not have the best attitude, and clearly would have had a better career if he stayed. Hall of fame career. I think he will just continue to decline the way he is trending now.

    It really is a shame too.

  • Herby Hurricane, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Coryjc Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    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......

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:11 a.m.

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

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    @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.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:37 a.m.

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

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    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.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    He was good while he was here.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    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.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    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.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:56 a.m.

    he has been haunted with multi injuries.oh well!

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:11 a.m.

    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.

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Dec. 17, 2012 11:48 p.m.

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

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:43 p.m.

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

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:42 p.m.

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

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    Deron who?