D-Will looks to restore confidence

DURHAM, N.C. –- Deron Williams has admitted that some of his confidence was sapped by much of the losing he has experienced in past seasons.

Jason Kidd and veterans like Jason Terry plan on getting Williams’ confidence back to where it belongs for the entire season.

“It comes with time,” Kidd said. “We’ll sit down and talk, and confidence is something overlooked in this league, I think, a lot of times. Everyone has talent, but the guys who have that confidence dominate games.

“I thought Deron was at that level the second half of the season, but for us to get his confidence back is something that this team needs.”

Williams said he regained much of his confidence over the second half of last season, when he averaged 22.9 points and eight assists in the last 28 games of the 2012-13 campaign.

“The last couple of years, I lost confidence,” Williams said. “Being on a losing team was tough for me for the first time in my career. I picked up bad habits, got negative at times; it is hard to get out of it when bad habits set in.”

Williams said he is rejuvenated and excited about playing under Kidd and alongside new teammates like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Terry this season.

“I think last year I took a step in the right direction in the second half,” Williams said. “I do think [Kidd] can help. Anytime you are playing for one of the best point guards to ever play the game. ... I still got a lot to learn. I don’t know everything (and can) learn from a guy who has one of the best basketball minds in the game.”

Kidd said Garnett, Pierce and Terry have plenty of confidence to share with Williams. Terry was already doing that on Monday night, talking with Williams at the team dinner.

“I am his support group,” Terry said. “When you feel your confidence isn’t where it should be, lean on us. We are here to help. He understands that.

“He is going to have some growing pains here and there, because there are some new guys on the team,” Terry continued. “But for the most part, it ain’t all on you. When you realize it isn’t all on you, some of that pressure is off.”