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Friday , May , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Williams believes he can replace LeBron in Cleveland

"I think I'm the No. 1 pick because I have more star quality I would think," the small forward said. "I'm just a bigger person. Just trying to fill in for a big star like LeBron like they're missing. That missing piece. I think that's me."

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call:  Put a check next to confidence.
 
Clearly, Derrick Williams thinks highly of his talent and ability, telling reporters he can replace LeBron James as The Man for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
That`s right: LeBron.
 
Williams can play. No doubt about it. He possesses an enviable combination of athleticism and skill, and certainly had a banner NCAA tournament.
 
He, or Kyrie Irving, is the best player in the draft. But replace LeBron?
 
Not once have I thought Williams is the second-coming of King James. And not once have I thought he`d be the league MVP and best player in the NBA.
 
Now Williams has a problem. He must perform like a superstar or, by his own standard, he`ll be a disappointment. He also appears arrogant.
 
Here`s a question worth considering: where are 'his people' to check these comments?
 
Hopefully, Williams` agent or advisor realizes his client needs media training –and fast. There`s nothing like setting yourself up to fail before playing a single game.
 
--Oly Sandor.

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