Deron Responds to Colangelo Comments

Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

Deron Williams, USAEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -During All-Star Weekend in Houston, USA Basketball chairman/president Jerry Colangelo had some interesting comments about Deron Williams, who helped the United States win a gold medal at the London Olympics.

Those comments in Saturday’s New York Daily News, which included Colangelo saying Williams was “was not in the best shape” and “a little overweight” were clarified by the longtime businessman and sports executive on Sunday before he said he would give Williams a call to clear the air.

On Monday after the Nets finished up practice at PNY Center, it was the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s turn to respond to what Colangelo had said and then clarified. When the topic was brought up, there was some mixed signals.

“Jerry? I’m not even gonna get into that. There’s no reason to even talk
about that,” Williams said. “There’s no reason to even talk about it. Something
happened this summer and it’s over with. It wasn’t a problem then, and it isn’t a
problem now.”

When Team USA convened in Las Vegas in early July, Williams did not work out with the team right away because as a free agent, his contract situation had yet to be settled. Williams signed his five-year, $98.7 million contract on July 11 and eventually played his way into shape.

“And I said and by the way, he wasn’t in the best of shape, and that’s true, because if you remember he didn’t even practice with us the first week because of contract and so forth,” Colangelo told reporters in Houston on Sunday. “I certainly never said he was unfit to play USA Basketball.”

In London, Williams appeared in all eight games and averaged 9.0 points per game as the United States won gold for the sixth consecutive time.

“Yeah, he called me,” Williams said. “I just know that when I signed back in New York that the scrutiny comes with it. It’s part of it. You guys gotta have your headlines and sell papers. That’s what your job is.”

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