Who Do You Believe?

Posted by By at 26 February, at 13 : 09 PM Print

Two of the better point guards in the league were traded this week to two of the worst teams in the league. Deron Williams from a realistic shot at the #8 seed in the Western conference with the Utah Jazz to a team assured of lottery pick next season and without it’s top draft choice from last year’s draft, who they gave up to get him. Baron Davis went from a team that finally looked to be headed in the right direction after so many season of futility to the worst team in the league coached by head coach that he didn’t get along with while in New Orleans. Both took different routes in their introductory comments about their new teams, but how much of it do you really believe?

Deron Williams said that there is a definitely a “strong possibility” that he’ll re-sign with the Nets, but then decided to add conditions. He followed up his positive sounding statement with, “It all depends on how the next year goes: the collective bargaining agreement and the type of moves we make and people we bring into this organization.” Depending on who the Nets decide to spend Mikhail Prokhorov’s billions on, and it might take that to lure someone to the Nets, there may be something to that. Then he said what I think everyone that gets traded to a bad team wants to say, but probably don’t have the guts to say, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous going to a team that was 17-40″. I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb in saying that was the “politically correct”, “best way to say this without hurting anyone’s feelings” way to put it.

Baron took a bit of a different approach to Deron. Baron posted this on his Facebook page regarding the trade, “I can’t wait to join my new team, bring good energy and help us win games. I’m ready to call The Q home and bring some excitement!!!” After reading this multiple times I’m officially ready to say that I don’t believe a single word of it.

In an earlier blog I went over the young nucleus that the Clippers had begun to assemble. After not being motivated enough to come into the season in shape to play with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and a healthy Chris Kaman, I’m finding it hard to believe he’ll be excited to play with Christian Eyenga, Alonzo Gee, J.J. Hickson, and Ramon Sessions. Energy has never really Been Davis’ strong suit, so there goes that point. Helping them win games…well I guess we’ll see about that one since he really isn’t that much of an upgrade over Mo Williams when both are healthy and playing like they’re capable of. As for calling Quicken Loans Arena the Q, I think calling it the “L” would be more appropriate.

Between the two I’m more likely to side with Deron Williams’ comments as more believable. He mixed optimism with realism, which should not send mixed signals to any Nets fan or member of management. Baron’s overwhelming optimism of going to the 10-47 Cavs and no longer being able to throw alley-oops to the Human Highlight Reel Part 2 leaves me feeling like he tried too hard to start off his Cavs career the perfect way by saying the perfect things. Time will tell how both situations play out, will be fun to see who ended up being more right afterall.

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