Deron Williams will appear on the YES Network’s “CenterStage” with Michael Kay immediately following the postgame show Wednesday night. It’s a big deal for the Nets who are finally getting attention after all these years. YES was kind enough to send over some quotes to preview the show.
D-Will on where a championship parade would be: “It’s gotta be in Brooklyn. Don’t even ask. It would be in Brooklyn. It’s gotta be, we got Brooklyn on our chests. You got to. I think we’ll touch a little bit in Manhattan, I don’t know.”
On playing against Jason Kidd: “I remember my first time playing against him, it was like, kind of my, you know, ‘I’m here’ moment. I think I was on the free throw line, or, somebody was shooting a free throw, and I think he came up and stood by me and said something to me. And it’s just like, dang, you know, I’m in the NBA. You know, and I’m playing against my idol. So, it was cool.”
On being passed up by North Carolina for Raymond Felton: “I wanted to go to North Carolina growing up. That was my dream school. I was just a North Carolina guy. My mom was a North Carolina fan as well. They didn’t recruit me. They recruited Raymond Felton. They told me if Raymond didn’t commit there that they would, you know, recruit me. But I think it was known that Ray was going to go there. You know, he was top three player, I was like, you know, somewhere around 40.”
On wrestling (yes, wrestling): “[Wrestling] was my first sport. I was probably four, and my mom came up to me and was like, ‘Do you want to wrestle?’ I don’t know. My uncle, he wrestled in college. So, that might be where it came from. He might’ve said something to her or something. And I was like, ‘sure.’ And, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. The first two years I wrestled, I would be crying before the match, like, bawling because I didn’t want to get out there. And she would like, drag me on the mat, throw me on the mat. And I would wrestle and then leave. And I’m talking about every match. But she would not let me quit.”
On playing on a tiny court growing up: “So it was, I mean, it was a tiny court, anyways. You could play, like, three on three on it. Like, the basket was behind where the cement ended. And so like, if you hit shots sometimes, it would go through, hit the edge, and just take off [into the swamp]. We did paper, rock, scissors, to see who went down there.”