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Deron Williams inks deal with Besiktas

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 16, 2011 at 3:24 AM

It's official: New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams will be playing in Turkey next season if there's an NBA lockout.

"Just made it official, headed to Turkey ...signed with Besiktas & @BJK_Basketbol," he wrote.

"If they try to stop him," one source said of Williams, "the union will fight it.

The biggest concern will be injury issues with the players that could play over seas. Williams battled an injured wrist towards the end of the season. I feel like this will shake up the owners. Not this one deal,but if we see it growing in the next couple of weeks it could help the lockout. That's what I hope anyways.

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Brian Shaw learned of fate from TV

What a way to find out. It seems like in sports we hear stories of coaches finding out they were fired from a ESPN brodcast,or a player finds out they are traded by the way of TV also. You just hope teams would be honest with the guys on their staff,and to anyone who wants to work for your team.

"I wasn't really told anything," said Shaw, who had the public backing of players Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, among others, to take over for Jackson. "Unfortunately, I found about not getting the job and who was hired for the job on ESPN. I didn't really talk to anyone for about three weeks after that."

"At that point, all the speculation and what I've heard, the powers making those decisions felt like the team needed a change of culture and a new voice, and head in a new direction," Shaw said. "I thought that was kind of peculiar because in the 12 years I'd been there, all we had done was gone to the championship seven times and won five championships. I felt like there were 29 other teams in the league that would love to have that kind of culture and that kind of direction. ... But I didn't expect anything to be handed to me."

"For whatever reason, there was a glitch in communication. ... I've always had a great relationship and open line of communication with (general manager) Mitch Kupchak so I don't think it came from there," Shaw said. "We've always been on good terms and are still on good terms. I understand in his position there's only so much that he can do even. He has people over his head that he has to follow directions. ... Definitely there's some room for improvement in terms of how ... people are dealt with."

Shaw said he would have appreciated a call letting him know he wasn't going to be hired, simply for the opportunity to gain feedback on where he might have gone wrong in the interview process.

"I didn't get that opportunity," Shaw said. "So I just keep my head up and continue to move forward."


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