On the court, off the court, in the huddle (or out of it), or in interview sessions, Deron Williams is not the type of player that will try to hide what he's feeling. If he's angry, he'll let that be known. If he's annoyed, it's coming out. If he's excited, fans will know. It's just who he is.
"It's funny,'' interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said Friday on ESPNNY 98.7's "Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show.'' "Some guys hide their emotion. Joe [Johnson] and him are almost the opposite in terms of emotion. Unless Joe is going really bad, you can't tell anything by his face or his body language. Deron is the complete opposite. Deron makes a shot and he's walking one way. He misses a shot and he's walking another. He's very, very easy to read.''One "advantage" to this would be fans know how he's fairing with adversity. Most of last season portrayed a slumping, helpless and lifeless Deron Williams. This season, its been much different, and we have seen all kinds of Deron Williams. Usually this style of behavior brings out a leader, someone unafraid of letting his teammates know what he thinks or needs them to do. But Deron was far from that last season, as when things went bad, he turned to sulking. This season, with the team playing well and the Deron Williams of old finally showing up, things might turn for the better.
"He's playing so well," Carlesimo said. " ...I think it's his nature. You are always going to be able to tell how Deron feels. If he thinks a call went against him, it's very evident. He doesn't hide his emotions at all. It's just the way he is. I think his leadership has always been there, but he's playing so well right now and he's so animated and he's so vocal, and it's really been good for us.''Hopefully Deron can use his seemingly free-roaming character to bring out leadership qualities in times of need and even when the times are good. It will be a huge factor for the Nets moving forward, especially in the playoffs and in the off-season recruitment process.
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