Deron Williams frustrated as Utah watches key players walk


NBA_Dwilliams_250.jpgCarlos Boozer: Gone. Kyle Korver: Gone.

Deron Williams: Still in Utah. And he is “frustrated.” In a deep Western Conference, the Jazz have gotten worse this summer, he told the Desert News (via Slam). Although he tried to put a positive spin on it.

“It was tough to see Booz (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle (Korver) go,” Williams said. “But they made business decisions and you have to live with them…

“We still have a solid team, you know,” Williams said. “Are we going to compete for a championship? That’s tough to say.

“We do have a good team,” he added. “We have some guys that I think can step up. I think Paul (Millsap) can come in and contribute. I think it’s a good opportunity for him to show people what he can really do given the opportunity, given the minutes.”

It’s especially hard to accept the Utah situation when Miami is stocked for a run. While in the West the Spurs and the Lakers made moves to get better.

The Jazz are not going to be a bad team this coming season, but they are not as deep — last year they brought Millsap off the bench, now he is going to start and there are questions about who is going to back him up. Ronnie Brewer may or may not be back.

Williams is going to have to do more. A lot more. And it will not be enough. Which is enough to frustrate anybody.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.