Posted July 24, 2012

Derrick Rose’s former backup: Deron Williams is best point guard in NBA

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New Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson, Derrick Rose’s former backup in Chicago, said that teammate Deron Williams is the best point guard in the NBA, according to tweets from media members, including The New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy and The Star-Ledger‘s Colin Stephenson.

Watson reportedly wanted to return to Chicago, but the Bulls declined to exercise his $3.2 million option for this season. He then signed a two-year deal with Brooklyn. The 28-year-old Watson averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists per game last season with Chicago. He was a part-time starter while Rose battled injuries throughout the season.

If Watson is right and Rose doesn’t care about his comments, then any attention they receive now should fade away quickly. But if Rose isn’t happy about Watson’s statement, the words could become a motivating force.

Last season, Rose was unhappy with the Indiana Pacers’ celebration after an early-season victory over Chicago.

“I’ll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game,” Rose told reporters after the game. “I can’t wait to play them again.”

Any fallout would have to wait a while to play out. Reports on Monday said Rose may be out until March as he recovers from ACL surgery.