The start of the 2012-13 NBA season can't come soon enough for Deron Williams. The superstar point guard spent the last season and a half stuck on the wrong side of the Hudson River with a team that couldn't sniff the .500 mark with bloodhound's nose.
Those hard times are (presumably) a relic of the all-too-forgettable past now that D-Will and the Nets have hopped across the state line to Brooklyn, where they'll be twirling the twine in front of a hipster-heavy crowd for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of the future, D-Will may not be as keen to award the Nets a title within the next three years as is team owner Mikhail Prokhorov. He came relatively close in 2007, leading the Utah Jazz to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs. He's well aware that the path to the Larry O'Brien Trophy is pocked with potholes and pitfalls, and that no long-term proclamations can change that.
What Williams can do, though, is control his own destiny in the season to come. If all goes according to plan, 2012-13 should be a banner year for the three-time All-Star.