The opening preseason game at the Barclay Center wasn’t as laissez-faire as all of the other preseason games in the NBA typically are. In an effort to impress their new fan base, the Brooklyn Nets played with a swagger that was completely missing last year.
After a hard foul on Deron Williams by A.J. Price - who was trying to impress all of his hometown friends in New York – Deron Williams had a message for Price.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says, “Between Williams checking back into the game and the final buzzer, Johnson had invited the trouble of Washington guard A.J. Price, a native son of New York’s Long Island who bumped Williams on a breakaway drive to the basket and pushed into Williams’ mug declaring, “I’M HOME… I’M HOME…” Williams rolled his eyes, laughed and blurted back to Price something that Nets general manager Billy King had worked so relentlessly to hear Williams declare within Barclays: “This is my home now.” After a 98-88 victory over the Wizards was done, Williams sniffed some Brooklyn attitude about the journeyman guard trying to mess with him. “He had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress while he still can, in the little minutes he’s going to get this year,” Williams said.
It seems as though the move to Brooklyn has reignited the confidence and swagger for the Nets; a 180 degree reversal from a team that was one of the worst in NBA history just a few years ago.