Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  15 responses

Deron Williams Tells Gerald Wallace to Stop Talking About His Broken Shot

Brooklyn Nets star point guard Deron Williams has some advice for teammate Gerald Wallace, regarding his lost confidence. Don’t talk to anyone about it, least of all the media. Per the NY Post: “Deron Williams knows what Gerald Wallace is going through. It wasn’t so long ago Williams was struggling with his shot and searching for confidence, igniting questions about the Nets’ franchise player and his place among the NBA’s premier point guards. But he powered past it, reminding Brooklyn why it fretted opening Barclays Center without him, shooting 58.3 percent from the field in the first three games of the month. After hearing of Wallace’s brutal honesty about his brutal shooting, which he revealed on Saturday, Williams had the solution to his teammate’s problem. ‘He needs to stop talking about it, just like I had to stop talking about my injuries and shooting with [the media] because it just weighs on you,’ Williams said after yesterday’s practice. ‘You come in every day and you got to hear about why you’re missing shots, it’s going to start creeping in your head. That’s why I don’t talk about my injuries and why I don’t like talking about shooting with [the media]. I feel like he shouldn’t either.’ Wallace’s eight points per game and 40 percent shooting from the field are his lowest since 2003-04, but more troubling has been the 30-year-old’s hesitance to even attempt a shot, taking only eight shots in the past three games combined.”

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  • Max

    Shooting is 50% confidence.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Deron, who spent the first 1/2 of this season complaining about his broken shot, Williams.

  • Sparker

    I made a comment about the spam, and you took away my post? hilarious.

  • robb

    Kaytlyn Fredicks is a member of the Slam staff. Didn’t you know that?

  • roscoe

    “just like I had to stop talking about my injuries and shooting with [the media] because it just weighs on you” -

    a guy can learn, right? no one is perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i do possess the ability to read. – does him saying that, make what i said any less true?

  • Sparker

    I always wondered what happened to Lang

  • roscoe

    clearly you are educated nbk & i was not inferring anything less.

    dwill’s reputation, words, and actions precede him…

    i just asked a question. that’s it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he learned, why is he saying THIS to the media? he learned not to talk about his own struggles, so now he’s going to talk to them about another player’s?

  • roscoe

    u have a point.

    considering his history in the media one could assume he is saying it to accomplish:

    i. providing an excuse for a poor year
    ii. get a what he wants like in utah (ie push wallace out)
    iii. just to get coverage (is this possible being in BKLYN, not getting enuf)

    to be honest i’m not sold he is doing it for those or something else, but i want to believe he has turned the page on poor decisions in the media

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  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I think the point Deron tries to make is that he refused to repeat why he was struggling. While the media probed on a daily basis and many different cause where explored, the truth, and you know this, was that his ankle had bone spurs which allowed him to get no lift on his shots and more importantly landing was visibly very painful. The injury was revealed early by Billy King but Deron never brought it or used it as the excuse. He gave the media the run around, just kept playing and eventually made a tough medical decision with long term consequences for the season’s sake. In essence he willfully fooled the local media and is encouraging G to do the same. I’m all for it, NY media doesn’t deserve the truth anyway.

  • TimProvise

    This is a great way to get defenders to sag off you in the playoffs.

    Step One: shoot 8 shots in 3 games
    Step Two: Wait for the media to ask around it
    Step Three: Bring up how your shot is broken to the media to spread around

    Step Four: wait for the playoffs
    Step Five: magically find your shot once defense sag off you when its matters….


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They both could have said, “well, we are workin on Crash’s shot” and left it at that. The rest of this is all equally needless.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    My point excactly, they should have just made something up and kept it moving. The media around here won’t leave him alone though unless the issue gets fixed. As for me, a few more of those left body leaning , -45 degree feet pointing bricks from 24′ out by Wallace and I probably would have killed my LCD. I’m very happy he is now a point forward. now if only we could get some instant offense out of that other guy we imported at the 3 spot…you know…our shooting forward!