Deron Williams Wants Stars to Join Him on the Nets

by March 01, 2011

DWill may not be willing to commit fully to his new team just yet, but that won’t stop him from helping them to recruit star players (and his new boss sounds like he’s doing a good job selling him on the future.) From the NY Post: “I want to win,’ Williams said before making his home debut in the Nets’ 104-103 overtime loss to the Suns last night. ‘In order to do that, you see the trend now: two, three, sometimes four stars in every city.’ So you need two, three, four stars. The Nets have one. Williams knows more is needed, and he must be a big part of the recruiting. A part, but not all. The Nets also have a Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, with pockets deeper than the Phillies’ starting rotation. Then there is that move to a Brooklyn arena whose planned construction, seemingly, was drawn up with the blueprints for the Pyramids. ‘We have the market to do that right now,’ Williams said, ‘and I think it’s going to improve with the move to Brooklyn to attract some of the bigger name guys and it’s on not only management, but me, to try to get some people here.’ So the push to make Williams the area darling began on the local front last night at Newark’s Prudential Center, where the Nets sought far more than the sub-9,000 gathering that greeted Jason Kidd in his home debut — a season opener no less — back in 2001. Williams, who finished his home debut with 13 points and 18 assists, got a huge ovation from two-thirds full crowd, who chanted ‘Der-on Will-iams’ ala ‘Der-ek Jee-ter.’ The crowd included Jay-Z and Beyonce courtside.”