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P.J.: You can always figure out Deron's emotions

Interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo of the Brooklyn

Interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo of the Brooklyn Nets goes over a play against the Charlotte Bobcats with Deron Williams. (Dec. 28, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Deron Williams makes it rather easy to get a good read on his emotions.

Whether it's by body language, facial expressions, hand gestures or the old fashioned way -- verbally -- the Nets point guard is going to offer some pretty good insight on how he's feeling at that particular moment.

"It's funny," interim coach P.J Carlesimo said Friday on ESPNNY 98.7FM's "Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show." "Some guys hide their emotion. Joe [Johnson] and him are almost the opposite in terms of emotion. Unless Joe is going really bad, you can’t tell anything by his face or his body language. Deron is the complete opposite. Deron makes a shot, and he’s walking one way. He misses a shot and he’s waking another.

"He's very, very easy to read."

When Williams is frustrated for a particular reason -- whether it's from a turnover, missed shot, called foul or whatever -- his reactions and expressions can be priceless.

Of late, Carlesimo thinks Williams has channeled all of bursts of emotional energy into something the rest of his teammates have fed off at times -- notably in those games where Johnson's sore left heel sidelined him like it did in Monday's win in Philadelphia.

"He’s playing so well. ... I think it’s his nature. You are always going to be able to tell how Deron feels," Carlesimo said. "If he thinks a call went against him, it's very evident. He doesn't hide his emotions at all. It’s just the way he is. I think his leadership has always been there, but he’s playing so well right now and he's so animated, and he's so vocal and it's really been good for us."

Tags: Deron Williams , P.J. Carlesimo , Stephen A. Smith , Ryan Ruocco , ESPNNY

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