Thursday , Dec , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Terrence Williams Was Not Benched for Tweeting

As it turns out, the Nets had a valid reason for benching Terrence Williams Tuesday night in Chicago, and it had only a little to do with tweeting:
The rookie wing missed the bus to the morning shootaround Tuesday, which carries an automatic fine and – as most coaches play it with rookies – a benching that night.
But just as relevant, the team learned that Williams stayed out very late Monday night – and that’s why assistant coach Doug Overton made the executive decision to test Williams by having him run the United Center steps, according to two officials who required anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the team.
“So they decided to put him on ice,” one of the officials said. “Now let’s see if he gets the message.”