Recently Terrence Williams say down with both Dave D and Ben Couch after one of the Nets’ open workouts. Some real interesting stuff came up. First, Terrence has been working out on his own at the Nets’ facility the past two weeks (from Dave):
Just to recap: After summer league in July, he took two weeks off at home in Seattle, went to Grgurich’s camp in early August, took a week off because he tweaked his knee (he’s fine), attended the Rookie Transition program (12th to 14th), and he’s been in the Nets’ gym ever since – every day, seven days a week.
Until this week, all by himself.
It’s been a lonely life.
“At the end of the day, it may be lonely, but you work from 10 to 12:30 with a lift, then from 12:30 to 10 you’re free,” the rook said.
Actually, he’s not entirely free. He also came back at night to shoot.
But no complaints. The kid is used to work.
That right there just shows you what Terrence is about. You got hints of this before the draft (seeing that he was working out daily with Gary Payton), but to see him doing the same thing as a pro, especially when he could be enjoying his new money, well that is awesome. In the video of the interview, he talks about why shooting isn’t really work. “Shooting is shooting. Shooting is like video games, you gotta love to do it.” I have been saying that Terrence Williams already does so many things well that if he can work on his shot, he will be a great player. He is working hard, and hopefully there will be an improvement.
Ben Couch, talking about the same thing mentions how almost everyone has been impressed with T-Will’s passing:
From the sideline, Dooling praised Williams’ passing, and Williams said that general manager Kiki Vandeweghe offered a similar commendation. The GM lauded T-Will for a driving dunk, but expressed interest in seeing it happen more than once. That echoed a sentiment first spoken by Clippers guard Baron Davis at Grgurich’s camp in Las Vegas.
“(Baron) taught me the best lesson because I think sometimes I get too passive with the ball,” Williams recalled. “He taught me when I’m going to the hole to go to the center, draw the foul, try to get the and-one — keep your eyes on the rim. Stuff that you were taught when you were younger, but he reiterated it to me and pounded it in my head. For a guy that’s been in the league this many years to stay after every day of the camp and show me new things – you’re in Vegas, you could go anywhere – it just meant a lot.”
Terrence also talked to Ben Couch about what makes covering CDR so hard:
“The herky-jerky. He’s from Detroit. Most Detroit players are long and lean like that and can handle the ball. It may look like, ‘What is he doing?!’ But he’s getting to the hole and scoring.”