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Deron Williams Meets Ken Berger

Updated: February 21, 2011

The end of the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night signified the end of any Washington Wizards involvement here at NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.  My plan was to attend the game, tweet a little during, and then hang around the media scrum afterward to see if I could snag something interesting.  Luckily for me, something interesting fell right into my lap involving Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz.

First, a little background.  A week and a half ago when Jerry Sloan resigned, there were rumors and reports that Williams was the reason.  At halftime of a game against the Bulls, Williams and Sloan had argued (as they had several times during the year, and as Sloan has done with other players, such as Karl Malone, many times before), and when Sloan retired the next morning, Williams was essentially blamed. He was not happy about it at all. Williams lashed out at the media and named names over the radio airwaves on KFAM 1320AM:

All those guys, Ric Bucher, Chris Broussard, they’re all in our locker room everyday.  I’ll let them report what they want to report, that’s what they are paid to do. That’s why I’m always short and rude with the media, because they’re your friend. Ric comes in and sits by me every time I see him, acts like he’s my friend, but the day they find something they want to spin, they jump on it. That’s why I am the way I am and will continue to be the way I am.

I had just talked to Williams about a month earlier in Washington, and he was nothing but forthcoming to both myself and David Aldridge.  Even when I talked to Williams after the All-Star practice this past Saturday, he didn’t appear short or rude. Rather, his answers were expansive and thoughtful, and I appreciated his time.

But Sunday, after the All-Star game, Williams was asked about something Ken Berger of CBS, had written in an article earlier that evening.  Berger wrote the following:

A person with knowledge of the conversations told on Saturday that Jazz point guard Deron Williams began informing close associates after last season that if Stoudemire wound up in New York, Williams would follow him there as a free agent in 2012.

A member of the media asked Williams about Berger’s article, and that’s when I turned my camera on:

Kudos to Ken Berger for not giving up his sources.  Time will only tell if he’s right or not, because Williams would be foolish to telegraph any future moves he plans on making.  Still, to see the thoughts of unnamed sources, the writer who used them in an article, and the player it was about all in the same room, was simply priceless.

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Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop,, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.

  • Deron Williams is the best point guard in the NBA, he can do it all, shoot, pass, rebound and defend.

  • With the #1 pick…

    You guys really pick up some awesome candid/behind the scenes moments. Great clip!

  • szr

    If WIlliams is smart, he will stay away from New York. He is a much more productive player than Amare or Melo, so they don’t bring a whole lot to the team. He would be better off on a team with lots of productive players who don’t necessarily command so much attention.

  • marginwalker

    “Kudos to Ken Berger for not giving up his sources.”

    That’s not how journalism works. Or at least it’s not supposed to work that way. Sources are supposed to be granted anonymity only in extraordinary circumstances. I know this is just sports reporting, but any time I see routine granting of anonymity with no explanation of the circumstances that warrant it, I just assume that the source has an agenda, and that the reporter is willing to compromise to get something juicy to write about. Investigation, corroboration, ascertainment of fact–those aren’t things that journalists seem to care about any more.

  • Jon

    Great piece!

    I have to disagree with the idea that Williams will do worse in New York than he does currently. There may be teams better suited to his play style come 2012, but Amare and Melo can both finish, and a point guard needs finishers if they intend to distribute and not just carry the load themselves.

  • Rashad

    What if Deron Williams really did tell Ken Berger’s source the truth? Deron can’t tell the truth, because he’ll be severely fined by David Stern, so he has to play coy–or maybe he really isn’t going to NY, we don’t know. But Berger’s source could have this and a whole host of future events right, and Berger has to go long with it for right now, until he has a real reason not to.

    And didn’t “All The President’s Men” give all journalists–sports or otherwise–the benefit of the doubt in these situations?