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“White Chocolate” Jason Williams calls it a career

Apr 19, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

DeJuan Blair, George Hill, Jason Williams AP

Few guys had a career that involved as much transformation as Jason Williams.

He was a high school teammate of Randy Moss who was suspended and eventually kicked off his college team at Florida. He entered the NBA all flash — ridiculous passes (like the legendary elbow pass from the Rookie Game) and wild moves, just follow this link to the highlights — but eventually he settled down and was the steady point guard on the 2006 championship Heat (scoring 12 points a game in those playoffs.

That career ended as Williams announced his retirement after a dozen years in the league. He had battled injuries all season and was not on the Memphis playoff roster.

For his career he averaged 10.5 points and 5.9 assists per game for a career that included time with the Kings as well as the Grizzlies (twice), Heat and Magic. Numbers do a poor job of capturing what he brings to the party — he knew how to put on a show. But by the end he was a more traditional point guard, a guy who last year gave the Magic solid backup minutes at the point.

He will be missed. He was a unique player ad personality.

  1. loungefly74 - Apr 19, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Jason “All Icing…No Cake” Williams was very fun to watch. I was living out west when the Kings drafted him. Boy, that Kings team was dynamic…had a “globetrotteresque” vibe to them. I remember him upsetting the coach too often though and when you make mistakes via a “fancy pass”, it gets magnified on the baffoonery level. Anyway, J.Will always got my attention, hope the best for him.

    • davidly - Apr 20, 2011 at 4:23 AM

      Good comment. It makes me wonder about the focus on win/loss vs exciting play. I believe that the fun gets sucked out of the game sometimes with the focus on “winning” as opposed to playing well. And while making absurd passes and shots and playing super risky defense may cost a team a win, perhaps that kind of style could fill more seats in small market stadiums.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        you’re right davidly. fundamentals usually end with great results but boring play (see exhibit A: Tim Duncan). a sport that could change its entire image if they took the “fun” appraoch would be hockey. there is a reason why it lags to the other major sports (well, several reasons) but if all the games were played like its All Star Game? wow! that would be exciting! i will say, seeing a hockey game in person is amazing…it just loses a lot on the tube. same can be said for soccer. i guess football too if every team was doing a “run n’ gun” offense with a heavy blitzing scheme on every down for the defense. (ha, i just described how most people play on the playstation/xbox…it’s fun though, right?!)

  2. jthammerstix - Apr 19, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    He hated being called white chocolate.

    • rorjr99 - Apr 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      I thought it was his Dad who hated the name?

  3. hnirobert3 - Apr 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Now if only his old buddy Randy Moss would do the same…

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