The advent of Twitter may give America a chance to launch another one of the award shows that she loves so well. You could start the show with the most informative, humorous and creative tweets of the year, but the categories that would really make the event shine would be the ones devoted to the idiotic and the self-destructive musings of those who are blissfully unaware that tweets can be read by people other than themselves.
Athletes would be prime contenders for those trophies, and Terrence Williams of the Nets has to get some consideration. The Nets rookie forward, picked 11th overall in June, decided it would be wise to take to Twitter with complaints about playing time.
"How would it be if Mr. Stern called my name 10 min earlier, #9 or 5 min later #12 hmmmmmmmmm to bad I can't live off what ifs. ... up early to the gym to practice before practice, because NOW practice is my games."
It's clear someone told Williams that he did something wrong because he followed up those tweets with claims of loving his situation and loving his teammates, but hating the fact that the team is losing so much. That's always the second step of these Twitter-related incidents. It's always laughable how hollow the excuses are -- I was kidding! My account was hacked! -- and Williams's claims aren't any different.
The funny thing is that Williams has played plenty of minutes this season, more than 25 a game, and he sent his complaint after the first game all season after his playing time dropped under 10 minutes. Since he went 0 for 5 in that game and was routinely embarrassed by Al Harrington on the defensive end, you'd think a player as devoted to winning as Williams would have understood the situation. Some frustration after weeks of not playing would be understandable, but evidence doesn't appear to back Williams's claim.
Williams's teammate Rafer Alston also raises some questions about how happy Williams actually is to be a member of the Nets.
"He’s not seeking advice from veterans. He’s getting advice from guys in their first and second year, who don’t know. Every day he comes in, he just looks like he’s in a funk and he looks like he’s just not there. I asked him yesterday on the bus how he’s doing, and he just had nothing to say. He had this blank look on his face, like he’s just confused."
Williams didn't play a minute against the Bulls on Tuesday night and was spotted running up and down stairs in lieu of a morning shootaround. The Nets won, though, so Williams must be thrilled to pieces by his lot in life.