by Devon Jeffreys, October 17, 2012
Deron Williams' move to Brooklyn with the Nets is drawing plenty of attention.
Days after being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, D-Will found himself covering another mag, The Red Bulletin, the official magazine offering of Red Bull.
In the cover story, Robert Anasi joins D-Will for a day in BK as part of a caravan for the magazine's covershoot. During the day-long trip around the borough, Deron and the Red Bull crew visit a few parks, where Deron decides to go one-on-one with the locals, then go to the heart of South Williamsburg for a couple more photo stops.
Watch below for a behind the scenes look at Deron's day in BK:
Along the way, Deron opens up about his decision to stay with the Nets and make the leap to Brooklyn, where the unknown awaits. D-Will insists it's already better than the known across the river.
"I think it's an exciting move, that's one of the reasons I stayed," he says. "The people in Brooklyn are eager and hungry for a team, a winning team. If we start winning, I can be part of something special."
D-Will gives the writer the impression that he's ready to embrace what lies ahead in New York and that he truly appreciates what this team is about to do for the area, as Anasi writes:
The late afternoon light makes the waterfront idyllic, casting long shadows as the occasional ferry and cruise boat steam by. D-Will, in gray jeans and a white T-shirt, his third costume change and fourth pair of sneakers, poses on the big boulders of the breakwater, his back to the gleaming towers of Manhattan. He raises his arms to the sky.
"New York City," he says. "There's no city like it."
Williams is the latest in a long line drawn by the bright lights. A few of the heroes have become legends, many others have ended up broken and forgotten. There's no doubt that Williams has the cool and talent to handle it, but he has a way to go before he's crowned the king of the new-look Brooklyn.
The camera clicks one last time and Williams hops back to the shore. It's been a long day, and Williams walks gingerly along the path. Those sneakers aren't exactly broken in yet.
To read the entire story, click here or check out the November issue of The Red Bulletin, on newsstands October 16th.