Utah Jazz: Charles Barkley says Deron Williams' 'best days are behind him,' but Jazz still respect D-Will

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  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    I'm a big D-Will fan but a bigger Jazz fan. I really wish Jazz fans wouldn't boo Williams. I think a polite applause when he first enters the game and then nothing after that would be appropriate. I know he used to butt heads with Sloan a little but I think it was due to being young and very competitive. I don't mind a guy that gets fired up because he wants so much to win. I don't think it would have bothered Sloan too much in his earlier coaching days but I think he was getting tired of coaching full time and just wanted to start enjoying life a little more.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    Deron was a baller to be sure. Loved watching him when he played here. No doubt Jerry Sloan got the most out of Deron that there was to be had. It has been all down hill since.

    Deron has since complained and hinted that he has learned that he had it pretty good in Utah. He had problems with the "iso" system initially in Indiana. He learned its a lot of work and not very productive to have to do everything on your own when the offense essentially is "here take the ball and get your shot off".

    Its unfortunate for Deron his health has deteriorated but in hindsight O'Conner looks like a genius for unloading Deron and getting what he got which is a defensive anchor to patrol the paint.

    Deron had a good run here though and now the Jazz have a chance to improve even more.

    The Jazz need to unload at the deadline so they can lose more. If they squander the chance at a deep draft it could set the franchise back many years. There are no guarantees in a draft but odds are better with this one.

    Losing this much is gaining nothing.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 6:48 a.m.

    I have no respect for Deron . After what he pulled with the Jazz and the after math leading up to Jerry Sloan's departure. Thanks but No Thanks .