The Brooklyn Nets began training camp for the upcoming 2012-13 on Tuesday and there is plenty of excitement surrounding the team’s move to Brooklyn but All-Star point guard Deron Williams made headline for reason other than just the excitement over the new season. Williams spoke briefly about something that bothered him last season before speaking about what he and his teammates expected for this season in their new home.
Willimas told reporters that he was frustrated at times last season because some of his teammates would joke around following Nets’ losses last season. Williams stated to reporters at the Nest training camp, “It was hard. I’ve never been in that position before. So at times I showed frustration, but I think anybody would have. You’re getting your asses kicked and then you’re in the locker room laughing about the game afterwards”. Williams the followed those comments up with “I don’t think that stuff is funny. That’s what we had to deal with last year. But I don’t think we’re going to deal with that this year”.
I for one applaud Williams to the fullest extent simply because too often in today’s world of sports do we see players not taking losses serious enough. Once the game is over some players just tend to not care about the fact that they just lost and are just concerned with having a good time. Now I’m not saying players should soak in agony following a loss but anytime a fan takes a loss more serious than a player there is a problem. Williams doesn’t think that losing is a laughing matter and neither do I.
There is a huge difference in between shaking a loss off and just simply not taking it serious at all and according to Williams last season some of his teammates did the later of the two. They aren’t the only ones, too many times following the conclusion of a game players from a losing team can be seen laughing and joking with each other and even more inexcusable doing the same with members of the team who they just lost to.
Even if my twin brother (hypothetically speaking, because I don’t have a twin brother) played for the team that just beat my team, I would not be at half court or mid-field laughing and joking with him after I just lost to his team. I would give him begrudging five for congratulations and head to the locker room sans a smile. We’ll have time to laugh, joke and spend time together after my teammates and I have some time with each other and our coaches to seriously speak on then game and then and only then will we be able to laugh and joke. Even then it still won’t be about the game.
So Mr. Deron Williams I for one standup and applaud you for being a true throwback athlete because in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or even 90’s this type of stuff would happen. Only today in time’s where players are best friends with those on the opposing teams and everyone goes to everyone’s parties and weddings is this type of post-game behavior seen. D-Will we truly need more athletes like you out there I’m glad you are now the face for my home borough’s first professional sports team; you just gave me an even prouder sense of using the statement, Brooklyn stand up!