EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Don't expect Deron Williams to utter the words "Mark Cuban" or "Mavericks" any time soon.
The Nets All-Star point guard said after practice Wednesday that he's no longer discussing anything regarding Cuban or the Mavs. Williams isn't about to get into a back-and-forth with the Mavs owner after Cuban's latest retort.
"Don't even ask me about Mark Cuban," Williams said with a smirk. "I'm not going to answer any questions about the Dallas Mavericks or Mark Cuban for the rest of the year.”
"Even when we go play Dallas," he continued, "or when they come here, I’m not answering any questions about the Dallas Mavericks."
Williams created a stir in Dallas (OK, make that Europe since the Mavs were playing overseas) on Monday when he said Cuban's absence during his sitdown meeting with Mavs brass once free agency began in July influenced his decision.
Cuban essentially twisted what Williams said and made it seem as if Williams was indicting the Nets' front office with his remarks.
"I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference," Cuban told reporters before the Mavs' preseason game against FC Barcelona Regal. “I would have expected him to say -- like I’d expect one of our guys to say -- ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’
"That’s what I expect our guys to say and that’s the way I feel about our team. Again, I’m a big D-Will fan, but it’s not about individual players, it’s about building a team. And I really think we put together a good team for the current team and the future.
"He’s a superstar point guard, but my goal is to build a team. That’s the important thing, to try to win championships.
"I’m flattered that he thought my presence would have made more of a difference than what the Nets’ management did."
We won't know what Williams thinks of those comments for a while, at least not until these two teams meet for the first time this season in March.