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Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 9:30 am  |  16 responses

Deron Williams Struggling With Low Self-Confidence

Following a short stint on the bench, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams returned to the starting lineup on Saturday night in Indy. Williams struggled through a 3/12 shooting performance en route to 13 points and six assists, and said his confidence is low these days. Per the NY Post:

“It’s not my highest,” he said with a sheepish smile. “It’s been tough … just being in and out of the lineups, missing two weeks here and there.

“I feel like I get my legs back, get my legs in shape, and then I go out again. Then I’ve got to just do it all over again. It’s just been a struggle.”

It’s seemingly been a never-ending struggle for the franchise point guard since the Nets moved to Brooklyn in the summer of 2012. After Williams agreed to become the face of the franchise by inking a five-year, $100 million max contract that summer, he has battled issues with both of his ankles.

Part of dealing with that is the constant coming and going from the lineup, as well as the rebuilding of his stamina each time he has to leave the lineup. His legs have repeatedly proved to be an issue in back-to-back games, when he has consistently shot worse (43.7 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from 3-point range) than he has in games when the Nets haven’t played the night before.

“I think back-to-backs have been tough the whole year on me,” he said on Saturday. “I played a lot of minutes [Saturday], and I could feel them getting heavy, but there’s no excuses. That’s my job. I’ve got to find ways to push through it.”

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  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    TRADE HIM

  • Jer dawg

    LOSE WEIGHT!!! Tubby McFatty Brooklyn point guard has bad ankles and doesn’t play defense. What? Playing offense hurts, too?

  • Tarzan Cooper

    it must suck to be injured so often.

  • shawn gyle

    he´s done …

  • Anthony

    His ankle issues makes me think that there are just certain parts of his game he needs to curtail. Defense, lateral movement, sliding his feet & his mid-range jumper. If you start to hit your mid-range J, you’re not in traffic, less possibility of coming down on someone’s foot…how you hoop is how you hoop tho. But for 100 mil, I’d try to make changes.

  • Dfrance

    There was a time that I would argue to the death, that I’d take DWill over CP3 as far as PGs go. Seems like such a long time ago. For what its worth, CP3 hasn’t proven t be an ironman either, but he’s much more productive when he comes back from injury.

    For what its worth, they could both stand to lose a few lbs.

  • Lauren Bryan

    just being in and out of the lineups, missing two weeks here and there.

  • cbranson05

    damn yall act like athletes arent human. bet everyone on this post has had low confidence in some aspect of their life

  • srucker

    always been overrated. and is not a leader of men.. wont win wit him at point.. trade him and blatche to okc for westbrook!

  • Nick Holden

    Because OKC would definitely do this… not.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that max contract which was a no brainer not long ago is starting to look like one of the worst in the league

  • TriggaMan

    To many long island ice teas and to many new York strip steaks and Brooklyn styled pizza and to many Coney dogs. Thank you appreciate evryones time.

  • bike

    A little liposuction would do wonders for this guy.

  • JJ Jones

    Deron is done.

  • Theron Barry

    Indeed….D-Will does not struggle with having a low BMI.

  • sim888

    1800-TONY-ROBBINS

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