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C.J. Watson says he was "mistreated" after playoff loss

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C.J. Watson returned to the United Center on Saturday night and attempted to clarify a comment he made during the offseason about how current teammate Deron Williams is a better point guard than former teammate Derrick Rose.

Or did he?

"Actually, I didn't say that," Watson said. "I said, 'To me, he was the best point guard.' The guy asked me who was better. He said compare the two and I said you can't compare the two."

Watson went on to say he never considered re-signing with the Bulls after last season and that he wasn't treated fairly in the wake of the Bulls Game 5 loss to the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Watson, who was an 81-percent free-throw shooter, passed to Omer Asik, a 45-percent free-throw shooter, with seven seconds left. Asik was fouled and missed both free throws and the Bulls were later eliminated 79-78.

"The season ended how it ended," he said. "I wasn't sorry about that. I knew I could do better. It was a critical mistake maybe at the time but I didn't think it was. I just thought I got mistreated but it is what it is."

Watson is averaging 18.7 minutes, 7.1 points and 2 assists for the Nets this season.

"As a coaching staff, we had to figure out exactly how we wanted to use him," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "He's back to playing C.J. Watson defense, he's shooting the ball better. We know some of his favorite spots now where he likes to operate. He and Joe Johnson play real well together. He's starting to get into somewhat of a good rhythm."

Watson said he keeps in touch with former Bench Mob members Kurt Thomas, Ronnie Brewer and John Lucas III.

"It was fun because we all knew our roles and knew what to do and knew who was going to get the ball and score and who was going to play defense and all that kind of stuff," Watson said of playing with the bench mob. "Everybody just played their role to the best of their ability."

Watson may not have shed much light on his offseason comment about Rose, but left no doubt when asked if he missed Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau's practices.

"No," he said. "Not at all. I like these 30, 45-minute practices."

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