Deron Williams was about to make a big decision, perhaps the most important one of his young life.
During the summer, as the All-Star point guard mulled whether to stay with the New Jersy Nets or bolt to Dallas to play for his hometown Mavericks, questions began to pile up in his head, particularly regarding Dallas' plans. But Mavs owner Mark Cuban was off in Hollywood, shooting episodes of the ABC show "Shark Tank," and left it up to coach Rick Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and consultant Michael Finley to do the talking.
Williams didn't blink Monday when asked if Cuban's absence for his sit-down with team brass helped influence his decision to re-sign with the Nets and shun the opportunity to go home. "Of course," he said after practice at PNY Center.