Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Nets Have Suspended Terrence Williams

According to head coach Avery Johnson, TWill has violated team policy repeatedly. The Bergen Record has the cryptic quotes: “Terrence Williams was deactivated Tuesday and didn’t travel with the team to Boston for ‘repeatedly violating team policy,’ Nets coach Avery Johnson said about 90 minutes before tip-off. ‘It’s been something we’ve dealt with for the past two to three weeks or so,’ Johnson said. ‘I don’t know if he clearly understands what we’re trying to do.’ Johnson and general manager Billy King wouldn’t divulge the reason fr this disciplinary action. But sources said Williams has been habitually late for shootarounds and/or practices. Williams has been fined a number of times for his transgressions. Now the Nets are trying something different, hoping to get through to him. ‘There has been a fine or two or three previously,’ Johnson said. ‘That hasn’t worked.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    He should do what all other athletes do when they get in trouble…take it to Twitter!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude come on your getting paid millions to freakin play basketball.. you dont have a hard job.. when u show up late for work time and time again u get fired so grow up and make it on time its not that hard bud

  • EtheKnickfan

    Pat Riley once sent a pro home for not practicing hard -Todd Day- and he was never seen on a pro court again. Thats the way to deal with it. If I show up to work late every day i’m fired. This guy is late cause he cant put the playstation/xbox down. Just stupid.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    This guy is probably late because he feels undervalued by his team and is finding it hard to stay motivated. He was a bright spot in the 12-70 season, and was rewarded by being relegated to the bench.

  • PapaBearATL

    @Omphalos: Did his paycheck change for being relegated to the bench? It’s a team sport, if Coach Johnson thinks it’s best for the team for him to come off the bench, guess what?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    @PapaBearATL: It isn’t about money. Yes it’s a team sport, but when it’s your legacy and career on the line the money doesn’t become a factor. It’d be different if they were contenders, but it’s the Nets; anybody’s spirits would be down if they couldn’t make it there.

    Just saying, it isn’t always about money, and what might seem trivial to outsiders is a large part of his self-worth as a person.

  • ALEX80

    @PapaBear: LEGACY? is Terrence Williams.

  • Cizzo

    Iy’s too mant talented and thristy for a contract ballers out there, he’s about a month from being out of the league and on the Black list momentarily…..

  • arjae

    not condoning what he did. that’s not for me to do anyway. He has had some issues with maturity but he’s definitely one of the most talented players on the team. And Johnson is notoriously hard to play for. He’s up there with Larry Brown. Just isn’t a good fit. He needs to be traded. Also, his mentor is Gary Payton. Not sure that’s helping. As for him being out the league, no way. Dude has the same game as shannon brown. send him to a veteran heavy squad and watch him flourish. Celtics would be perfect. Hell, even the Spurs. He’s one of the top sophomores in the L, just needs some freedom. Dude always flirts with a triple double when he gets the minutes so he’s not just a one trick pony. He’s got some LeBron to him

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I’m going to assume that was directed at me not PapaBear; legacy in the same sense that every person has a legacy. He’d rather be remembered as a contributor, as a somebody than the countless players anchored to the bench around the L.

  • vtrobot

    a legacy that involves being in the L is a lot better than zero legacy at all. working harder might be a better approach than showing up late.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @Omphalos I really don’t know how you can use him feeling undervalued and being benched as a reason for him being late to practices and meetings. It should be the exact opposite. If he’s concerned about his legacy and getting playing time, he should be first in and last out and the loudest guy cheering on the bench. Wouldn’t he rather have his legacy be a bench warmer that worked hard rather than a malcontent who gave up 90 games into his career?

  • riggs

    co-sign dfrance, if anything he should be the first one to practice and to shootarounds if his @ss feels “undervalued” pffft

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Valid point, but just saying that people should consider the difficulty of the situations a lot of these players are in before we rip them.

  • PapaBearATL

    If he is concerned about a personal legacy he should try boxing or tennis. His self worth is in his bank account, there are plenty of us bloggers that would trade for his spot on the bench, just waiting for an opportunity to showcase our talent, that begins with practice though. The youngster needs to grow up and lead by example or he will become an example.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    omphalos being a bright spot on a team that won 12 out of 82 games means next to nothing. They only won 12 games for a reason. Avery Johnson is trying to use his pieces to make that team win more than 12 games this year, and if Williams isnt a bright spot then so be it.