While the Nets insisted Williams' demotion was not for disciplinary reasons, the prevailing thought was that Williams got sent down after being repeatedly late to practice.
The Nets claimed the move was an attempt to get Williams more minutes due to a shortage of playing time at the pro level.
Whatever the actual reason, Williams has been ripping apart his D-League opponents, averaging 28 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.7 assists in three games with the Springfield Armor.
For his part, Williams seemed to be a bit humbled by the experience, expressing his thoughts through Twitter.
Williams recently tweeted, "THANKS TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS I APPRECIATE YOU GUYS-DEARLY LIKE IVE SAID BEFORE I ACCEPT WHATS PUT BEFORE ME WITH OPEN ARMS NEVER POUT JUST PROVE PEOPLE WRONG IS WHAT IM AFTER GO NETS IS WHAT I YELL."
He also addressed his sketchy work habits by adding, "btw I DONT HAVE ATTITUDE NEVER DID NEVER WILL I LOVE BALL IF U KNO ME YOU'D KNO THAT, MY HEAD IS ON STRAIGHT JUST GOT TO BE ON TIME PERIOD."
This has to be exactly what the Nets were banking on with the demotion.
I was in favor of the move at the time it happened. Williams has tremendous talent; his immaturity being the only thing holding him back. The numbers he put up in the D-League show he is far better than anyone else down there and certainly deserving of an NBA roster spot.
At least for right now, it appears he has learned his lesson and the hope is that he will have a renewed vigor at practice as he will not want to leave the pros again.
Sometimes a player simply needs a kick in the rear to get it going and learn what it means to be a professional.
He will have to work his way back into the rotation, but with replenished focus and enthusiasm, it won't be long before he's seeing major minutes again.
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