D-Will not a fan of the Big Apple
It’s no secret that Brooklyn Nets fans haven’t exactly taken to Deron Williams the way most fans take to their team’s franchise player. However, in a recent interview with Resident Magazine, D-Will admitted that he’s not much of a fan of New York either.
“I’m not going to lie,” said Williams. “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,” D-Will said. “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.”
D-Will is from Dallas, Texas and became invested in Utah during his five and a half year stint with the Jazz. Those are significantly different areas than Manhattan, which is where he has lived in Tribeca since the trade that brought him to the Nets in 2010, so it’s hardly a surprise that it has taken some time to get used to.
He has clearly tried to adapt to the area as he has taken part in numerous community outreach programs with the Nets and holds his annual dodgeball tournament in Manhattan. He also, apparently, likes taking the subway even if it sounds like he hates the people on it.
“Taking the subway, which, by the way, I love to take,” he said when asked what makes a New Yorker, ignoring the fact that thousands of tourists ride the subway everyday. “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.”
I can’t help but wonder how much of his distaste for New York is the fact that he’s, for the most part, failed to live up to his huge $98 million contract and, knowing New Yorkers, most people probably aren’t too shy to remind him of that fact when they see him on the streets. Heck, one fan even put out a “Wanted” sign last offseason after his zero-point performance in Game 2 against the Miami Heat.
It’s a shame really because it certainly sounds like he goes back and forth between the Barclays Center and his luxury Tribeca apartment. Somebody should tell him that there are great parts of Brooklyn with plenty of parks and great schools. New York also has wonderful suburbs, if that’s your thing, with top notch schools where his kids would have no problem “playing in the sun.”
I wonder how much his ankle problems have soured him to the entire experience. Perhaps we shouldn’t expect him to stick around as soon as he’s collected all of his money. Maybe Billy King can find a way to unload his contract before then (doubtful).