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Nets coach: We didn't steal D-Will

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08:06 AM ET 09.05 | Avery Johnson admitted during the 2011-12 season that he feared Dallas might woo Deron Williams away from New Jersey. "We felt we were going to be able to re-sign Deron," Johnson said [Tuesday in suburban Dallas]. "We felt it was like 80-90 percent, but it was the 10 percent that you were worried about. That was the whole key. But I'm glad that's all behind us now and we can move forward and we can have a team that we're hoping is going to be pretty competitive when we get it on the floor." ... As far as retaining the services of Williams, Johnson wanted everyone to know he didn't steal the point guard away from the Mavericks. "I didn't take anybody," Johnson said. "He was with us first. "We just re-signed our own guy."

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September 5, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Did I miss something? Did anyone accuse of them stealing?

September 5, 2012  08:17 AM ET
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Did I miss something? Did anyone accuse of them stealing?

It was some stupid reporter who asked a stupid question like that. Media people are so ridiculous most of the time.

September 5, 2012  08:19 AM ET

non-story but this is further evidence of the decline in quality of the Star-Telegram.

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September 5, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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I'm in the minority- but I think this will be a real good team this yeara solid starting 5 including a possibly top 2 back court in the league

I assume "possibly" being the operative word? i.e. with the assumption that Joe Johnson will still produce at a semi-elite 2-gaurd rate?

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September 5, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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non-story but this is further evidence of the decline in quality of the Star-Telegram.

Or even further evidence in the decline of overall journalism...

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September 5, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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non-story but this is further evidence of the decline in quality of the Star-Telegram.

Sad... isn't it?

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September 5, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Money talks, and all the money was with Brooklyn.

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September 5, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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I'm in the minority- but I think this will be a real good team this yeara solid starting 5 including a possibly top 2 back court in the league

I agree the Nets will be good. I think they can manage 50+ wins at the very least.

I'm interested to see how Lopez/Humphries do, and how the team "gels".

September 5, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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JGB - Don't you reside in Brooklyn...?

<Catches JGB trying on a new KHumphries uni>

Fixed...

September 5, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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if you take away his contract and the fact that he is overpaid, you would be hard pressed to find 3-4 better sg's in the eastwade, ellis?why wouldn't he approximate his production?

Have to agree with that.
Bad contract and all, JJ produced every single year he was with the Hawks. The great thing about JJ is, the days when his shots aren't falling, he'll end up with like 8 assists and 8 boards.

He's also a stable presence in the locker room, and no known issues off the court.

Jersey will have a good year for sure. My concern would be their big man, always hurt and hasn't done much at all.

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September 5, 2012  12:13 PM ET
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I'm in the minority- but I think this will be a real good team this yeara solid starting 5 including a possibly top 2 back court in the league

Not sure you are in minority, unless I misunderstand what you mean by 'good team'; playoff appearance between 4-8?...good, not great (yet).

 
September 6, 2012  12:13 AM ET

- But to get better the Nets need to steal somebody in the near future. Don't bet on the being the newly crowned D.H. (after his first ring).

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