King: No rest for D-Will

Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says the team doesn’t plan on sitting banged-up point guard Deron Williams just for the sake of resting him.

Prior to Thursday night’s marquee road game against the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich elected to send Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli back home, rather than have them play.

“‘Pop’ can afford to do that. He’s got a few championships under his belt. And that team’s been together,” King said. “As a group, when guys have to sit it’s because they’re injured, and they can’t play. If they’re hurt, they’re gonna play.

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

#8 PG
Brooklyn Nets

2013 STATS

  • GM14
  • PPG16.1

  • RPG3.1

  • APG8.8

  • FG%.385

  • FT%.851

“Throughout an NBA season, you’re gonna get nicks. If the time comes and we do need to sit him, then it’ll be because he can’t play.”

Williams is currently playing through a sprained right shooting wrist amongst a litany of minor ailments. In his past eight games, he’s shooting just 32.4 percent, but averaging 14.9 points and 9.6 assists.

“It’s just normal bumps and bruises,” King said. “Those things take time (to heal). The key is not to fall on them again (wrist, elbow, hand). I think with time, the soreness will go away.”

Joe Johnson is shooting just 39.5 percent, but has played well in three of his past four games.

“He’s attracting double teams, finding guys that are open, picking when to shoot the ball,” King said. “Right now he and Deron aren’t shooting a great percentage, but they’re doing a great job of controlling the game and getting a lot of our guys easy shots. He’s really a complete basketball player.”

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

#7 SG
Brooklyn Nets

2013 STATS

  • GM14
  • PPG15.4

  • RPG3.1

  • APG3.8

  • FG%.395

  • FT%.821

• We discussed the Nets’ surprisingly good defense in an earlier post.

King's take?

“Giving up 90 points is not too bad, despite all of you guys (reporters) saying we weren’t any good defensively,” King joked.

• The Nets are 10-4, tying their best start in franchise history (2002-03). Recently, they’ve beaten the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.

“I like where we are with our record, but we’ve got a long way to go,” King said.

• Does King think the Nets are being looked at more closely than other teams for flopping? After all, they’ve already received three violations.

“No. They look at everybody the same,” he responded.

• So how is Kris Humphries? The Nets power forward tweeted out of photo of some long scratches on and around his left shoulder.

“I don’t know. We have to give him a spelling test,” King joked.

Why? Because Humphries spelled tetanus as “tetnis” in a tweet.