Dr. Lyle Mason said that while Williams was with Utah, he and the coach never got on the same page.
"Deron could not handle the coach calling any plays," Mason said. "He wanted to call every play. I’ll never understand why that was such a big deal, that if the coach called one play, he was going to run another one, which he always did.
"And that was part of what really drove them apart, was that Deron just decided he didn’t need coaching, and Jerry obviously thought otherwise."
Williams spent five and a half seasons with Utah and another four and a half year with with the Nets before taking a buyout and signing with the Dallas Mavericks.
This just reminds me how relieved I am that I don't have to think about Williams this season. Prefacing every sentence with"If Deron is Deron" over the last three years was exhausting, and I think really hamstrung Billy King in putting together a supporting cast. I don't think D-Will is a bad guy, I just think he isn't the ideal team personality.
All that being said, he may just revive his career in Dallas. I wish him nothing but the best. But it's clear that, no matter his pleasant personality traits, he eventually wears out his welcome everywhere he goes. That's just not something the Nets could afford any longer, and it makes it all the more clear why Utah was willing to part with him in the first place.