Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) is double teamed by New Jersey Nets power forward Shelden Williams (33) and point guard Deron Williams (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Nets won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Former New York Knick Point Guard Jeremy Lin began the phenomenon known as Linsanity against veteran point guard and future hall of famer Deron Williams. Their teams faced off against each other at Madison Square Garden, February 4th, 2012, where Jeremy Lin came off the bench with 25 points, 7 assists and +15 efficiency, the highest of that game. Deron Williams played pretty good as well and made 21 points and 11 assists.
In the rematch on February 20th, 2012, both had great games. Williams’ was better: he scored 38 points, making 8 out of 14 of his 3-pointers, made 6 assists; Jeremy Lin in comparison had 21 points and 9 assists.
Since then, they have not met. They also switched (at least the locations of their) teams.
Deron Williams did make a comment on how he thought Raymond Felton was a better fit for the Knicks after Jeremy Lin was traded.
Houston came off with a win off against a weakened Hornets team. Brooklyn came off against a big loss against Western conference competitor, the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams had something to prove. You could sort of say Deron Williams and Jeremy Lin are a little similar in that every action (every win, every loss) they do is criticized heavily by the media for not performing to their best.
But did Deron have something else in mind?
At the beginning of the game between the Houston Rockets-Brooklyn Nets, Deron Williams scored 20 points against the Houston Rockets.
However, he would see no contributions or even attempts at field goals in the second quarter, with a only around a 33% increase in points in the game.
Deron Williams was previously on the Utah Jazz with Carlos Boozer in what many would consider the best pick-and-roll (and in general, thing) in Utah, since Karl Malone and John Stockton. People compared Deron Williams as a point guard in the likes of Chris Paul and Steve Nash.
Deron Williams has a history of issues stemming his role in being in Utah having been traded from the Utah Jazz coincidentally after basketball coach legend Jerry Sloan was forced to resign. Recently, former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was also forced to resign as well.
Last summer, he had the decision to play with the Dallas Mavericks for less money but work with a legend with Dirk Nowitzki with the possibility of having Jason Kidd back him up. The combination could have brought someone like a Dwight Howard or who knows who to the Dallas Mavericks to make everybody happy.
Instead, he decides to rejoin the Nets in Brooklyn, making 3 million more dollars a year with Joe Johnson and a team with both more youth and more years than the previous years that has made the playoffs and is second in the Atlantic Division.
And yet he still cares about showing about winning a high school popularity contest in the NBA, despite being called a hall of fame point guard? It is a disgrace to the National Basketball Association.
Grow up, or get traded to Houston if you still have high school issues of whose popular or “better.”