Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hello Deron!

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Holy guacamole!

Things are smokin' in the New York area. First Carmelo Anthony and now Deron Williams.

The word today is that Utah Jazz All-Star point guard Deron Williams is coming to the New Jersey Nets in another blockbuster trade. The Nets will ship Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks to Utah in exchange for the disgruntled superstar. As we all know, Williams has been unhappy with the direction the Jazz were going for some time now and the situation worsened when he got the bum rap for the abrupt departure of legendary coach Jerry Sloan. Many blamed Williams for the coach's resignation. Williams vehemently denied any bad blood between he and the coach, but nonetheless, the damage was done.

So it was a forgone conclusion that Williams would eventually leave the Jazz but nobody anticipated this. Most of us thought it would happen when Williams becomes a free agent in 2012.

As for the Nets making this power move--

When I stop to think about it, it doesn't surprise me. The Nets were aggressively trying to get 'Melo and I'm sure they were left with a sour taste when they learned that their sibling-rivals, the crosstown Knicks, landed the superstar. And one thing we've learned in the past year is that Nets owners, Russian-billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov and rapper-extraordinaire Jay-Z, have vowed to make the Nets the No. 1 game in town. I mean, they've made no bones about it.

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As we can see, it was kind of obvious when they mounted the above billboard just one block away from the Knicks' mecca, Madison Square Garden. As ESPN analyst Stuart Scott would say, "they plastered it right in the Knicks' mug". Of course, the Knicks and their die-hard fans were livid when they saw the billboard, but hey, we the neutral fans loved it!

I gotta give it to the Nets, who will soon call Brooklyn their home, it seems they're putting their money where their mouth is. Good stuff!

The future-monster rivalry is starting to evolve!

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