Deron Williams: ‘I Don’t Really Feel So Much Like a New Yorker’

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is still adjusting to life in the Big Apple – D-Will tells The Resident that he likes to get away from NYC during the offseason.

The former Jazz star and his clan much prefer the quieter, slower pace back in Utah [insert New Yorkers getting needlessly upset here]:

“Yeah, Tribeca is a great area” Williams reflects, “Mr. Chow, Nobu… an endless number of great restaurants, night life and young families. It’s quieter than Soho where I stayed the first year.”


“I’m not going to lie. I don’t really feel so much like a New Yorker. I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like ‘yeah, go play in the sun.’ Here it’s more challenging. The process of getting them into school is a nightmare. Even private schools where you pay are an ordeal. In Utah, you just send your kids to the first public school in the area because they’re all great. Truth is, we enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle and going back to Utah every summer. It’s a relief to take that timeout. No traffic. No crowds. My daughters still have their friends there. There’s a big backyard. They go to the pool; the playground and they jump on the trampoline. Kids running wild and free here…? I don’t think so.”


“What constitutes a New Yorker?” Williams asks. “Taking the subway … which, by the way, I love to take. Yes, of course I have a chauffeured car but the subway is way faster. Second thing is the New York/Brooklyn accent – which I don’t have.” […] “Third thing is New Yorkers are tough. Or at least they think they are.”