Deron Williams was reportedly in such a “fragile” state of mind last season that Brooklyn Nets teammates had to appeal to media personalities “to take it easy” on the mercurial point guard, writes Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

In the Barclays Center hallways, a Nets player made a plea for compassion. Or maybe it was pity.

“If you can,” he told two media members, “take it easy on D-Will. He can’t handle it.”

The request was reportedly made after Williams had suffered through another disappointing ball game. Ironically, the request was made around the same time former teammate Paul Pierce ripped Deron to ESPN.com.

Bondy described Williams as “surly and standoffish, rubbing people the wrong way at all levels of the organization.”

By Glenn Erby


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