Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm  |  23 responses

Deron Williams: NBA Fans More Disruptive Than Fans in Europe

DWill’s adventure in Turkey will soon come to an end (though he says he may play there again someday.) Williams explains what he sees as the difference between hoop fans in Europe and those in NBA arenas. From ESPN: “We had our biggest win to date earlier this month against Fenerbahce. That was for our fans. It was really great to beat them. From the time I got here, people have been telling us about the rivalries with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray. Those are the two big ones. When you are talking to people who are true Besiktas fans, they could care less how the rest of the season goes, as long as we beat those two teams. So when we played Fenerbahce, it was a really strange setup. We played in their home gym, but it was a home game for us and their fans weren’t allowed in the gym. So we had 11,000 of our fans in there cheering us on. It was the most fans ever at a Besiktas game by like 9,000 people. It wasn’t even close. The atmosphere was great, and the fans were amazing and incredibly supportive. They made us feel it because they wanted that game really bad. When we were playing against Fenerbahce, the fans were chanting something I couldn’t understand. I was a little curious about what they were saying, so I asked around. Let’s just say I can’t share that content in this forum. What’s funny is even when we’re not playing Fenerbahce, you can hear a lot of chants directed at them. That’s how big the rivalry is. We’re talking about fútbol fans for the most part, so they cheer, and they cheer loudly for the whole game. That’s how you do it at a fútbol game. It was definitely an adjustment because they’re cheering no matter what you’re doing. You can be shooting free throws, playing defense, setting up a play, and they’re just constantly cheering and chanting. But at this point, I’ve adjusted and it’s normal to me. I will say that the chanting doesn’t have the same effect on your psyche as an NBA crowd because the fans here are up all of the time. In the NBA, when a team goes on a run and the crowd just erupts, that has a bigger effect on a player’s psyche.”

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  • LA Huey

    U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • theDankerNuggets

    definitely interesting to hear because im sure European fans take a lot pride in those long chants and songs they do

  • http://slamonline.com Like I said before(LeBron)

    Sorry for my bad english but i like i said before(LeBron Voice) did he told USA fans is better than european?

  • http://yahoo darrell

    deron is stupid and should be banned from the u.s.a.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    darrell is a troll and should be banned from this site.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He’s saying that you learn to block out constant noise, but noise that is tuned to what you do on the court can be more unnerving or give you more of a boost.
    It’s like comparing drinking small amounts of caffeine consistently over a long period of time to drinking five Red Bulls in 2 minutes.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    darrell is stupid and should be banned from Slam

  • ab40

    they also speak in a language he understands that has a little more effect on his psyche as well.

  • fruizm

    hes trying to look clever by saying “futbol”…

  • AD

    @darrell must be a chris paul or derrick rose fan… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4A3hHipqbI

  • BillyJ

    darrell is a numbskull and should be banned from the internet

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    You know that?
    Did you see him spell the word to the press?
    ‘You know guys it’s futbol not football’

  • @Deknowz

    *nods head in approval @Max* lol

  • Chukaz

    To add to what Deron was saying. He usually plays in front of like 20,000 people in the NBA so when he’s playing in front of like 2,000 fans in
    Europe it makes a difference. Sure those 2,000 are screaming their heads off but its still only 2,000 people

  • Kerem

    As a Besiktas fan I’ve always thought that during the matches the fans should adjust the chants to the tempo and momentum, but we yell incessantly from start to finish. Sometimes it helpful, other times not so much.

    Anyway Deron was great, the fans will miss him.

  • Mike from Spain

    I have seen (in the TV, not live) Greek fans take the seats apart and throw them to the court. Yes, I suppose American fans are more disruptive…


    American fans don’t chant or support their team , they only seat on chairs, eat hot-dogs and drink coke . In Europe are the real fans who are supporting their teams all the game by chanting .In the stadiums and gyms it’s a great show made by the fans with banners, flags , scarfs and fireworks .

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    darrell should ban trolls from this site.

  • john

    he meant they can disrupt the flow of a game/have a bigger impact on runs, not that they act rowdier. The title is definitely misleading..

  • pacman

    Darrell should be banned from this site. Lol!

  • Franko

    Why on earth are you mad at what he said. Hes explained a difference. Wtf guys?

  • Steve

    I was once in Istanbul and went to Galatasary soccer game. I could not believe how 15,000-20,000 people could make such a noise. The volume and synchronization of chants were admirable even though i did not understand a word. It was a great experience. I agree with previous post, he really meant they can disrupt the flow of a game.