On Monday evening the Brooklyn Nets hosted their first game of any kind in their brand new, extraordinary $1 billion home the Barclays Center versus the Washington Wizards, but by the end of the game the new facility and game which was played inside was the only thing receiving publicity.
During the final minute of the Nets 98-88 victory Brooklyn’s All-Star point guard Deron Williams was involved in a shoving match with Washington’s backup point guard A.J. Price. It all began with the two jawing at each other back and forth for much of the game then Williams shoved Price on one end of the court in attempts to steal the ball only to be shoved by Price on the other end of the court when attempting a layup following the steal.
The two point guards had to be separated by teammates and then after the game Williams had the following comments. Price who was raised and played high school basketball in Long Island, kept saying “‘I’m home. I’m home”‘. “I hate when people just start talking for no reason. That’s pretty much what he did”, Williams continued “maybe he had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress with the little minutes he’s going to get this year.” Then Williams said he replied to Price “It’s my home now”.
When asked about it Price said “miscommunication” as well as “in the heat of the moment, guys say things all the time and one thing led to another, but all in all it’s part of the game”.
Both players were given technical fouls for the verbal jabbing while Price was assessed a flagrant foul for his shove on Williams. The two will meet again when the Nets travel to Washington, D.C on January 4 and Price will get to come back “home” and face off against Williams and the Nets again in the regular season on March 8.