It’s June 5th, and I’m already tired of hearing about Deron Williams’ upcoming decision that is destined to doom at least one of the two teams involved; the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks.
As you know from prior posts and basically everywhere unless you live under a rock, Williams is the All Star point guard and centerpiece of New Jersey’s team, and if he leaves would have a Cleveland post-LeBron type wreckage.
Dallas scrapped a championship team to aim at the 2012 offseason in hopes of landing the superstar who played high school ball only ten minutes away in The Colony.
Williams will have to decide between the hometown that has basically placed their future upon his shoulders (without his permission), and Jay Z’s franchise that will head to Brooklyn, and hopes to have Williams as the face of their new beginning.
It’s deeper than that though. Dallas has an incredible opportunity, but how much weight do they have to throw around?
Right now, their pitch is “Come play with Dirk Nowitzki for a few years, one of the best players in the league and a guy who’s already won a ring”, but past that there isn’t much.
They have an advantage too. Williams is Dallas. He has it tattooed on his arm. He grew up on the north side of the city since he was at least 8 years old.
His family still lives there, but his brother just graduated from high school Sunday night. The brother attended TCHS as well, and Williams was in section 207, sporting a Texas Rangers cap with his wife and kids.
His brother played basketball at TC. He’s a 5’9 speedy point guard, ranked the No. 63 player in Texas by MaxPreps. But he isn’t going to college just yet.
Little bro is taking advantage of a loophole that some players do. He’s attending a private school for a fifth year of high school ball, to further develop his skills and hope for a few more inches of height before heading to a college campus.
Secondhand reports around town say that he will be doing this in New Jersey (I wonder why?), but plenty of Dallas-area schools offer the extra eligibility as well.
Williams’ decision obviously effects where his brother will play his 5th year of ball at, as I doubt the brother will head to New Jersey if Williams isn’t playing there.
Is it a done deal that Williams will be staying in Jersey and housing his little brother for a year, or is it something little bro has been told to say while the All Star decides what he wants to do?
And more importantly, is his brother’s high school career something that is influencing Williams’ decision?
One thing is for sure, only time will tell, but don’t expect an answer any time soon.
Until then, I’ll definitely be naming any other factors that make anything close to sense.
- Brendon Morris