Nets Call Upon Williams for Roughness
If you want someone to give you 30 points, complete with off-the-dribble jumpers, look elsewhere. But, as Nets coach Avery Johnson said, if you’re headed for a bar fight — or need some rough interior play — Shelden Williams should be on speed dial.
“The rougher the game is, the more we can count on him,” Johnson said of Candace Parker’s husband, who brings a lunch pail mentality to every game.
“That’s been my game since Day 1,” said the 6-foot-9 Williams, the No. 5 overall pick in 2006 who was an emergency fill-in starting center for Mehmet Okur (back) Friday at Cleveland and likely will do so again against the Raptors in Newark tonight.
“It’s just being able to go out there and do all the little grimy things, take charges, try to block shots, be a physical presence down low and make hard fouls, rebound and try to score the ball,” said Williams, whose approach also could be labeled legalized mugging. “That’s something I’m trying to take serious every time I’m out there on the court.