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SALT LAKE CITY – The executive who had been so determined to bring the best young guard on the planet to the Utah Jazz was standing in the hallway outside the interview room at the old Delta Center, tie undone, jacket over shoulder, shaking his head in mock assurance.
This good, this fast?
"Yeah, yeah," said Kevin O'Connor smiling, nodding over to Deron Williams, "I knew it all along."
And then, O'Connor, Utah's vice president of basketball operations, rolled his eyes and let out a laugh. Because as desperately as he wanted to trade for Portland's third pick in the 2005 NBA draft to take Williams over Chris Paul, as sold as he had been on the Illinois guard's talent and temperament and toughness, no one could see this coming so soon on the job.
Williams has destroyed the best defense in basketball in these Western Conference finals, running roughshod over the San Antonio Spurs for 31 points, eight assists and five steals on Saturday night. The Jazz pounded SanRead More »from The Jazz's bandleader