D-Will: I don't feel like a New Yorker

D-Will said New Yorkers are tough. "Or at least they think they are." Say what? Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams may enjoy riding the subway, but the $98 million man admitted to a New York lifestyle magazine that he doesn’t feel much like a New Yorker.

“I’m not going to lie,” Williams told Resident Magazine. “I don’t really feel so much like a New Yorker. I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like, ‘yeah, go play in the sun.’

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

#8 PG
Brooklyn Nets

2014 STATS

  • GM64
  • PPG14.3

  • RPG2.6

  • APG6.1

  • FG%.450

  • FT%.801

“Here it’s more challenging. The process of getting them into school is a nightmare. Even private schools where you pay are an ordeal. In Utah, you just send your kids to the first public school in the area because they’re all great. Truth is, we enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle and going back to Utah every summer. It’s a relief to take that timeout. No traffic. No crowds. My daughters still have their friends there. There’s a big backyard. They go to the pool; the playground and they jump on the trampoline. Kids running wild and free here ... ? I don’t think so.”

Williams and his family put down roots in Utah, where he played for the first five and a half seasons of his career with the Jazz. Williams was then traded to the Nets in February 2010. The 30-year-old currently lives with his wife, Amy, and their four children in Tribeca. His youngest son, D.J., has autism.

Asked what constitutes a “New Yorker,” Williams replied, “Taking the subway ... which, by the way, I love to take. Yes, of course I have a chauffeured car but the subway is way faster. Second thing is the New York/Brooklyn accent -- which I don’t have. Third thing is New Yorkers are tough. Or at least they think they are.”

Williams, hampered by ankle injuries, has struggled over the past two seasons. But he underwent surgery on both his ankles during the offseason, and the hope is he can regain his confidence and return to All-Star form.