Paul Pierce may have had plenty to say about the Nets, but they didn’t have much to say in response. A day after Pierce unloaded on his former team in an interview with ESPN.com, both Deron Williams and Joe Johnson — the two Nets individually singled out by Pierce — both essentially said the future Hall of Famer can say whatever he wants. “I’m not bothered at all,” Williams said. “Being here, I’ve got thick skin. He has his opinions, and that’s fine. “I can’t change his opinions, so we’ll leave it at that.” Pierce’s strongest opinions about the Nets were reserved for Williams. Pierce said the point guard didn’t live up to the expectations he had for him after being dealt to Brooklyn with Kevin Garnett in the summer of 2013. “Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,’’ Pierce said. “But I felt once we got there, that’s not what he wanted to be. He just didn’t want that. “I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.” That is an opinion shared by Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, who went on WFAN on Wednesday and may have been even more critical of Williams.
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