It's official. Deron Williams has seen more of his head coaches fired (two) than the amount of rings he has (zilch). Many fans were surprised when the Nets announced they had fired head coach Avery Johnson after he won November Coach of the Month. Then eyes turned to Williams, who also managed to get the legendary Jerry Sloan fired in his tenure with the Jazz. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal focused their attention on the point guard as well, and last night, they put him on blast. Both stressed that Williams needed to take responsibility, and when Barkley stresses a point, we can end up with a brutally honest quote:
“He’s got the reputation of getting coaches fired. Whatever happened in Utah, it happened. Whatever happened in Brooklyn, it happened. This is all on Deron Williams right now. It’s time to put up or shut up.”
As if that wasn't clear enough, Shaq followed that up with some words of his own:
“Sometimes before great players point fingers, they should look in the mirror. This is the first time I’ve heard the guy with the ball at all times say that he doesn’t like the offense. My advice is for him to look in the mirror and see if he’s doing enough. At times, I think he’s trying to do too much. There are only 24 seconds on the shot clock and he spends 10-12 seconds dribbling between his legs. He needs to get everyone else involved and himself involved…He’s not really playing that well.”
Ouch, but it needed to be said. We've seen quite a few coaches lose their jobs because of the stars-Mike D'Antoni with Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks and Stan Van Gundy with Dwight Howard and the Magic. Sometimes the players are just as accountable for their teams' problems.
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[via Black Sports Online]