NBA Star Exacts Revenge On Jeremy Lin
February 21, 2012 by staff
NBA Star Exacts Revenge On Jeremy Lin, All around the New Jersey Nets, everyone had come to understand something these past two weeks: Deron Williams wanted to destroy Jeremy Lin. Nothing personal – kid seems perfectly polite, has a nice story – but Williams has had downright disdain for his link to Linsanity.
“It started on me,” Williams said. “It’s been stuck on my mind.”
Williams is the best point guard in Metropolitan New York – one of the five best on the planet – and yet he’s been best remembered this season as the original foil for the blossoming of the Lin movement. Sixteen days ago, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni gave Lin his big break against the Nets, and a magnificent performance earned him his first starting assignment. Sixteen days ago, Deron Williams started seething over that indignity and finally unleashed it all on Monday night, a hellacious 38 points to transform Linsanity into a whisper.
The Nets pounded the Knicks, and Williams devastated Lin with an array of shots, including eight 3-pointers, and hard drives to the basket. He hadn’t come to beat the Knicks, but punish Lin. Oh, yes, Linsanity stuck on his mind.
“When somebody says they destroyed you, and you watch the tape and you don’t feel like you got destroyed, you circle those games,” Williams said. “I took offense.”
For Williams, this was a terrific time to catch Lin. With the return of Carmelo Anthony, there was uncertainty with this Knicks offense, some tentativeness. Lin played a terrific game – 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds – but it was an important lesson for Lin: He’s a target now. Between then and now, Williams found his Twitter feed running relentless reminders of Lin obliterating him.
“Every three lines … ‘Jeremy Lin destroys Deron Williams,’ ” Williams said.
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