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Deron Williams says he will be “grumpy” if Nets lose a lot

Deron Williams

NBA guard Deron Williams watches his Turkish team, Besiktas, play Bandirma Kirmizi in the Turkish Basketball League in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Williams poured 11 points and dished five assists in his Turkish Basketball League debut to help his side Besiktas win its opener 107-69 against Bandirma Kirmizi. Williams has joined Besiktas until the end of the NBA lockout. NBA Commissioner David Stern announced last week that the first two weeks of the NBA season is canceled.(AP Photo)

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Deron Williams is going to be grumpy.

D-Will is a very competitive player and he’s about to be on a team that is going to lose a lot of games. He’s not used to that (college Final Four, Olympic gold, won more than he lost in Utah). The Nets have been trying desperately to land a big star to pair with Williams, but so far it is back to him and Brook Lopez. Right now the Nets are not a playoff team.

The losing that is coming is not going to set well with Williams, he admitted to the New York Daily News.

“You don’t think I’ve thought about that?” Williams cut off the question.

So how would he handle losing?

“I don’t know. You guys are not going to like me, I know that. I get grumpy when I lose.”


The Nets have not signed Kris Humphries yet — and want him on a one-year deal anyway — as they essentially remain on hold waiting for the Orlando Magic to figure out they have to trade Dwight Howard.

The Nets problem is that if they don’t land Howard soon they have to decide what to do with Williams, who can opt out of his deal and become a free agent at the end of the season. The Nets are counting on Williams to lead them into Brooklyn, but if they get the feeling he’ll walk next summer they have to trade him before the deadline. They gave up a lot to get Williams — Derrick Favors is at the top of that list — and they can’t get nothing for Williams.

That day of reckoning has not yet come for the Nets, but you can see it on the horizon.

Just like the losing that is coming. And the Nets are powerless to stop it (unless the Magic change their mind).