Deron Williams clarifies comment that he doesn’t feel ‘like a New Yorker’

By on September 5, 2014

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Deron Williams says he still loves New York, but sometimes it’s good to get away.

In another comment that received attention from the Resident Magazine article, Williams was asked what constitutes a New Yorker and said, “New Yorkers are tough. Or at least they think they are.”

Williams told The News that was meant as a joke.

At least he’s embracing one important part of city living.

“Taking the subway . . . which, by the way, I love to take,” Williams told Resident Magazine. “Yes, of course I have a chauffeured car, but the subway is way faster.”

It’s been a hard transition in uniform for Williams as well. He has struggled with injuries and inconsistent play since the Nets acquired him near the trade deadline in 2011, failing to carry the squad past the second round of the playoffs last season despite its record-breaking payroll.

Williams, who is hosting a charity dodgeball tournament in Manhattan on Sept. 19 to raise awareness for autism, underwent surgery on both of his ankles in May. He is slated to participate in training camp in October.his ankles in May. He is slated to participate in training camp in October. 

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