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Living with Deron Williams | Utah Jazz Crazy

Living with Deron Williams

The emotional volatility of Deron Williams has been the topic of much of the media since the Jazz second straight double digit loss to the Pheonix Suns. This exchange between Deron Williams and rookie Gordon Hayward is quite telling as to just how far this “new” Jazz roster is from being a cohesive unit.

Okay, so the rookie doesn’t yet know where he’s supposed to be on the court. I remember the same frustrations being expressed by vetrans who had to play with a young Andrei Kirilenko. What was probably lost in Deron’s brooding was the fact that despite the breakdown, Gordon ran a nice split off the pass to Jefferson and converted on the possession. Unfortunately, instead of taking away optimism from his making something out of nothing, the National television audience got to Deron’s watch the verbal tirade continue into the commercial break. The Jazz were never in the game so most fans probably appreciate Deron’s emotional outburst. He has since apologized but said he’s an emotional player who wants to win so it may happen again.

I fully expect a loss tonight in Oklahoma City. What I want to see more of from Deron is less sulking, less brooding and yelling and more teaching, communicating and empowering of his team. I’ve always felt Deron was the best point guard in the NBA because he’s always made the four other guys on the court better than they might be without him. That is not happening right now and until he changes his attitude it probably won’t. I hope Bill Simmons doesn’t win his “Deron demands a trade” office pool, but for better or worse, it comes down to what Deron wants to do and if he really wants to be traded, it could be ugly for everyone – not just Gordon Hayward…

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