BROOKLYN – News flash: Great players want to play with other great players.
Having talented teammates makes your job easier and more enjoyable. It gives your team a chance to win games every night, even when you’re not at your best.
That’s why Kevin Garnett was willing to accept a trade to Boston five years ago, why LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami, why Carmelo Anthony had his sights set on New York, and why Chris Paul was happy to move to L.A. last December. It’s also why Dwight Howard has been begging for a trade to Brooklyn.
Howard isn’t coming to Brooklyn, but Deron Williams is, because Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King got him another great player to play with.
Williams and Joe Johnson aren’t besties and they’ve never played on a U.S. National Team together. They didn’t plan or scheme their way into the same lineup. But they sure looked happy to have each other as teammates as they were introduced as “Brooklyn’s Backcourt” at Borough Hall on Friday.
Williams has said that he was close to leaving the Nets to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, who have a star power forward that he could have teamed up with. But then King pulled off the trade for Johnson, a move that Williams called “the deciding factor.” (more…)