Avery Johnson didn't have any issues with Deron Williams questioning the Nets' offensive system, insisting he had already spoken with his star point guard privately.
Williams spoke glowingly Monday of the system he played in under Jerry Sloan with the Jazz, and said it was perfect for his style of play. He also said he's not as comfortable in Johnson's scheme. It suggested that part of the reason for his struggles since he was traded here from Utah in February of 2011 stem from the way the Nets' offense is structured.
Johnson said the two spoke following the team's morning shootaround at the Barclays Center Tuesday and wasn't bothered by Williams' words. "No, not at all," the coach said. "We talk about it. We have great communication. So the comments aren't surprising. And really and truly, I'm 47 now turning 48. I don't take anything personal. I communicate with all my players.
"Whether it comes out publicly or whether the guys talk to me about stuff privately, I've got really thick skin and it doesn't irritate me one bit. So a lot of his concerns, we've talked about it privately."
Jerry Stackhouse (sore right knee) and Josh Childress (sore left foot) sat out against the Jazz, and Stackhouse might also miss Wednesday night's game against the Knicks. Stackhouse was injured during the Nets' loss to the Knicks last week when he banged his right knee on Jason Kidd's leg as Kidd stuck it out on his game-winning three.