Deron Williams says he has ‘disconnected from basketball’
The last time anyone saw veteran point guard Deron Williams on an NBA court, he was struggling mightily in last year’s NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost in five games against the Golden State Warriors.
Williams is still without a team this season and by the looks of things, it doesn’t seem like he’s in any rush to get back onto the basketball court. Williams tells Gerald Narciso of Bleacher Report that he’s currently “disconnected from basketball life right now.”
With all the spare time in his hands now that he’s not playing, Williams has the chance to do all sorts of different activities.
“I love the outdoors. I love to golf. It has great golf in the summer,” Williams said of maintaining a home in Utah. “My family loves to ski. I’ve never skied, but now that I’m not playing, I would want to try skiing.”
He’s also been busy maintaining his businesses, recording a sports and MMA podcast with his friends, and spending more time with his family.
It’s still a bit unclear whether Williams, a three-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection, is actually set to call time on his 12-year career. There should still be at least some interest in a capable veteran point guard like him, especially later in the season. But if his playing days are indeed done, he seems to be at peace with it.
“Basketball doesn’t define me as a person. If this is my last season or I’m done playing basketball at this point, I feel like I could look back and say I had a great career,” Williams said. “Not many guys get to play 12 years in the NBA and win gold medals and get to compete for a championship. So, I got a lot to be proud about.”