The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday, and since that time point guard Deron Williams, the storied diva with all the evening gowns, has been getting absolutely torched by the media. The latest to chime in on the matter is Charles Barkley, who rarely delivers a meatless quote.
“He’s got the reputation of getting coaches fired,” Barkley said. “Whatever happened in Utah [head coach Jerry Sloan resigned], it happened. Whatever happened in Brooklyn, it happened. This is all on Deron Williams right now. It’s time to put up or shut up.”
As usual, Barkley’s right, and so is fellow TNT panelist, Shaq:
“This is the first time I’ve heard the guy with the ball at all times say that he doesn’t like the offense. My advice is for him to look in the mirror and see if he’s doing enough.”
Williams has since defended himself while not directly mentioning any of the comments made by Shaq or Sir Charles. But considering Jerry Sloan opted to abruptly flee Utah with Williams as his point guard after coaching the Jazz for approximately 106 years, his self-proclaimed innocence here is shaky at best.
[via Black Sports Online]