It all started way back on November 11, 2009; The Utah Jazz took a beating against the hands of the then champion Boston Celtics (86-105). Deron Williams took the loss really hard. Everything the Celtics do seem seamless and effortless. Lots of ball rotations, team work and they all execute it with smiles on their faces. It all came back when his single mother, Denise Smith way back in grade school, taught the young Deron to pass first rather than score. She taught him to pass even if the recipient is not capable of finishing. That is how team basketball is made, and that is how you gain respect.
The loss made Deron worked hard and pushed his potential beyond expectations. Way back then, he wanted to be the best point guard in the NBA. He wanted to prove to everybody that he can compete with the likes of Chris Paul and Steve Nash. At 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds heavier, Deron is a way different than the other point guards in the league. He is strong and yet he has the quickness to play defense and to outrun everybody in the court. However, potential and talent won’t get you anywhere unless your team takes you there.
The Celtics “ubuntu” philosophy which means “I am what I am because of who we all are” gave Deron a different perspective on his career.
For almost two years have gone, The 2010 Jazz became just a mere historical memory. Carlos Boozer moved to Chicago; Kirilenko is now in Minnesota, Coach Jerry Sloan has long been retired, and Deron is now leading the Brooklyn Nets to a promising season. When nothing is permanent except change, Deron never wavered on his belief. Every now and then, he still remembers the Celtics game and how it changed his life.
New team, new city and a new life, Deron Williams has the chance to incorporate teamwork on what he knows best.
He won’t have the mentality of the best point guard this time; he longs to be the best teammate.