Terrence Williams got a timeout in the D-League recently, sent down as a wake up call to start showing up to practice and shootarounds on time. The Nets turned the D-League into the equivalent of sending your kid to your room.
But that’s not what got through to him, it was a ball boy, a story first reported by the Star Ledger (and repeated on the Nets broadcast Sunday).
“One of the ball boys there was 12 years old,” Williams recalled. “I started the first game, I was like, ‘Do you watch the NBA?’ He said, ‘Yeah, you’re one of the players I (like to) watch. Why would you blow it?’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Why would you want to have an attitude, and be late – the simplest things you can control? And you get to be in the NBA? I would die to do that, so don’t blow it.’
“That’s a 12-year-old telling me that,” Williams said. “So I think that, and my mom crying was what really got to me. So down there, I decided to take everything serious, like I was here, as far as practicing and playing in a game.”
We’ll see if it lasts. Right now with rookie Damion James out they will need Williams to play more minutes.