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Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 12:59 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


The public backlash against NBA commissioner David Stern over his handling of recent Chris Paul trade talks just got an added boost of superstar juice.

New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams slammed, calling him a "bully" repeatedly, in comments made on Sunday, one day after the Lakers pulled out of extended 3-team trade talks that would have landed the New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard in Los Angeles.

The New York Daily News has a rundown of Williams' public critique, which could very well end up drawing a fine from the commissioner's office.
"You’re fighting a bully. David Stern is a bully, you can’t really go up against him,” Williams said.

Williams didn’t back off when asked again. “He knows he’s a bully. It’s not a secret,” Williams said, laughing. “You got to be. I think every owner of every big business is a bully. That’s how they become successful.”

Williams said he has tried to contact Paul recently, but understands his friend is in a “tough situation.”
It's hard to dispute Williams' sentiment given how harshly the NBA lockout played out and how authoritarian Stern's stance on the Paul trade appears from the outside, although this type of candor is rare in the NBA as the league office tends to respond harshly to even the slightest criticism from amongst its ranks. 

Williams is an obvious ally for Paul, who saw a great chance to leave behind a disorganized Hornets organization to play for the league's premier organization explode over the last 72 hours. Williams and Paul are friends, were drafted in the same year, led small-market teams against the big dogs for years and are now anxiously looking forward to flex their muscles and improve their NBA situation with free agency approaching. Of course Williams will stand by Paul publicly: he realizes that if something like this can happen to CP3, it can happen to D-Will too. 

The outcry over Stern's decision to step in and veto the Paul-to-the-Lakers trade on Thursday also led Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger to joke that he was considering changing his last name to "Stern's B****." Paul threatened not to show up to training camp and Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who was also involved in the trade proposal, did not participate in Lakers camp on Friday and was promptly traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Stern's heavy-handedness towards players was a hot topic during the lockout. Television commentator Bryant Gumbel criticized Stern for acting like a "modern plantation overseer" and NBPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler said that Stern treated the players "like plantation workers."

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:35 pm

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

D-Will better hope the timing of his comments will cause a soft backlash or nothing at all.  Stern is just going to look that much more of an authoritarian if he fines D-Will.  I wonder if now some of the posters understand the dynamic now.  The players and the league are just playing with bigger money.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:34 am

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

Not sure why everyone is trying to make this a racism issue, but is a blatantly heavy handed move that is unacceptable.  How is the league (acting thru the commish) going to block a deal that 3 different management teams felt was beneficial for their respective teams?  Further, how can you justify blocking a person from moving to a better job if all parties involved are agreeable?  He's under contract with the Hornets, but they know he's leaving next year when the contract expires, and if they want to get any value for him they need to deal him now. The Lakers are heavy with 7'ers but could use a PG.  Does the deal make LA a better team? Sure it does, and I see why the other owners may not like that, but it's no different than all that talent migrating to Miami last year, or moves big market teams make every year.  Sucks to be a small market team trying to capture and keep talent. Deal with it.  Arbitrarily squashing deals and blocking players from making more money for themselves is not the way to go here.  If the league (as owners of the Hornets) can't  see the benefit in doing this deal then they need to excuse themselves from the table, NOT put up an ignorant blocking effort.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:13 am

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

Everybody is a victim.  These a**-bags are being payed tens of millions of dollars to play a game where they try to get a rubber ball into a small metal hoop.  Yet they're being bullied.  It just goes to show the lack of education and awareness posessed by these simple-minded adult children.  I would love to sit down with Derron Williams and actually ask him a few things about history, economics, literature, etc., just to grasp the depth of his own ignorance.  I will give him credit for using buzzwords though-- "big business" and "bully", two of the more often used, negative-connoting terms tossed about by the liberal media these days.  Still though, the fact that comments like these from a multi-millionare are not met with scorn and ridicule are signs of the deterioration of our society, and a likely harbinger of its pending collapse.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:41 am

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

This is such a beautiful sport.  Unfortunately, it's a remarkably ugly league. 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:01 am

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

Lee3022, Williams was NOT "resorting to name calling." David Stern IS a bully. The TRUTH shall set you free.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:51 am

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

And Deron Williams is a whining crybaby, who pouts when he doesn't get what he wants. Willimas is an egocentric, self-entitled adolescent in a adult's body. Grow up and behave like a man, not a bratty kid Deron.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:11 am

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

By the way folks, I read somewhere that a bunch of racist websites ask their members to go around the web starting "race wars" because when all the crap get's thrown around, it's likely that their taunts will provoke the "other side" to write something equally as bad. They hope someone will then read that and think "wow the other race thinks like that?" or they email links to theri own stupid member sto keep them thinking the whole world is that narrow minded. That is their goal! Don't feed these filthy trolls, don't respond to their stupid comments. They only want attention, and if they don't get it, they'll move on. Once you realize what their doing you see it in a whole new light!

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:06 pm

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

Boss you do realize that Chris Paul is going to leave the hornets after this season right? So all Stern did was make it harder for the hornets in the long run. You do understand Free Agency don't you?

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:50 pm

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

This coming from a guy (Williams) who ran Jerry Sloan out of UTAH after 23 seasons. 

Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:29 pm

Deron Williams blasts David Stern: 'He's a bully'

you are a brilliant one really.  You are an idiot.  People like you will only say things like this behind close doors because you would get beat down if you said that in public.  Your parents must be proud of the classy person they raised.  I'd be embarassed if i were you.

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