Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said he is still getting used to life in New York City and doesn't feel much like a New Yorker.
He was traded in 2011 from the Utah Jazz and then signed a five-year, $98.7 million deal in 2012 to stay in Brooklyn.
Williams, who grew up in Texas and played at the University of Illinois, talked to Resident magazine about the differences between Utah and New York.
"I'm not going to lie. I don't really feel so much like a New Yorker," Williams said according to the Brooklyn Game. "I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like ‘yeah, go play in the sun.' Here it's more challenging. The process of getting them into school is a nightmare. Even private schools where you pay are an ordeal. In Utah, you just send your kids to the first public school in the area because they’re all great."
He also talked about what makes a New Yorker.
"Taking the subway… which, by the way, I love to take. Yes, of course I have a chauffeured car but the subway is way faster," Williams said. "Second thing is the New York/Brooklyn accent — which I don’t have. Third thing is New Yorkers are tough. Or at least they think they are."
Wililams, a three-time, All-Star, averaged 14.3 points and 6.1 assists in 64 games last season.
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