P.J. Carlesimo Says D-Will Being Too Hard On Himself

Coming off of a humbling loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 31, Deron Williams made headlines with his poor performance. The Nets star managed just eight points, two rebounds and one assist.

Tonight, the Nets have another tough road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but D-Will’s coach says the star may be putting too much pressure on himself…

P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News…

A day after Deron Williams beat himself up again following a poor performance against the Spurs, his coach said Tuesday that the point guard needs to tone down his expectations.

P.J. Carlesimo also suggested that Williams is feeling the pressure of being the $100 million face of a franchise under the microscope.

“He is Deron Williams. He was Deron Williams (on Monday, when he had eight points and two assists), and that’s fine,” Carlesimo said. “Honestly, I don’t want him thinking, ‘I got to get 25 points, I got to get 11 assists, I got to get this, or I have to get this.’

“I think a lot of it is the reality of what has happened to our franchise this year. It would be hard to overstate how dramatically different the franchise, the team, the expectations, the focus, everything is this year compared to last year. And he’s in the middle of the whole thing. So it’s been a big challenge. I think it’s important for me to not let him think it all revolves around him. Yes, he’s one on of our absolute best players, but he’s not the primary problem by any stretch.”