July 28, 2008 12:57 PM
NetsDaily on new Warrior, Marcus Williams: "The night of the 2006 Draft, it looked as if the basketball gods had gifted the Nets with Kidd's successor, a player projected as high as #7 had fallen to #22. He had a great summer league (although one of his coaches said, in a famous line, he couldn't guard a bank with a machine gun). Then, he had an even better preseason, entering the season as the top-rated rookie in the NBA rookie rankings. It was all downhill after that. In spite of flashes of brilliance, his lack of defense and conditioning-and apparently a poor attitude-relegated him to Lawrence Frank's dog house. A broken foot last summer, just before training camp, didn't help. His confidence really sank when the Nets traded for Harris. There was no doubt that Williams was going to be the Nets' backup forever (or sent elsewhere). When Frank called him out publicly not long afterwards for his lack of consistency, it was the single most stinging criticism in Frank's tenure as coach. After the trade, Frank expressed disappointment he couldn't get Williams to where he needed to be. If Williams takes off in Don Nelson's system, it will not help Frank's reputation. If, on the other hand, he doesn't, it will be a lesson: players drop in the draft for a reason. Collectively, NBA GM's are not dumb."
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