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Magic release Jason Williams after he no-shows

Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 6:58 pm
 
Orlando Magic point guard Jason Williams deserted his team and has been released. Posted by Ben Golliver. jason-williams

Update (6:56 PM): So much for taking the patient approach. The Orlando Magic announced Wednesday afternoon that they had released Williams.

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There are many ways that the NBA is unlike your job, but there is one crucial similarity: showing up matters.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Magic point guard Jason Williams has apparently not clocked in and not informed his bosses why he hasn't clocked in, and that's a big no-no even in the world of professional basketball. The Magic are currently on a road trip and Williams is not in attendance, leaving president Otis Smith a bit peeved.
"Well, he's not with the team. We'll deal with him when we get back to Orlando."
Asked if Williams has asked for his release, Smith said, "Not so much in those terms. You say his 'release,' we're not into giving guys their release. He signed a contract to play basketball for the Orlando Magic, and we're expecting him to uphold his end of that deal."

Asked if Williams is balking at his limited playing time or is facing a personal issue, Smith said, "From what I gather, he's facing more of a personal issue. I don't know if he wants more playing time. That was talked to him about before we signed him. When we signed him, we signed him as a third point guard. That didn't necessarily change."
Williams has barely played this season, and was further squeezed out of any chance at truly cracking the rotation when Smith traded for Gilbert Arenas. Barring another franchise-altering trade, Williams doesn't figure to see the court any time soon, given that he's behind starter Jameer Nelson, solid backup Chris Duhon and Arenas, unless there's a major injury (really, a series of injuries).

While his disappearing act is disappointing, his unhappiness is no great surprise as Williams mentioned earlier this season that he was considering leaving the game due to ongoing foot problems. 

So far, Smith has played a sticky situation spot on: Defuse the initial news, express his unhappiness with Williams' lack of professionalism and realize that he holds all the cards. Releasing Williams would be detrimental to Orlando's depth chart and a contender can't make a habit of doing professional favors for its scrubs in the thick of a hotly-contested playoff chase. 

The most important thing to result from the situation is to establish a clear conduct standard for the rest of the players. Williams has always been a bit of a loose cannon; he's not worth compromising your culture in any way from a basketball or locker room standpoint. Barring a remarkable explanation regarding the health/well-being of a close family member, a fine and possible short-term suspension without pay is in order. 

If Williams is truly ready to give up on his career, then there's not much Smith can do to prevent that. He will almost certainly regret a decision to leave the game come playoff time, and hopefully someone close to him is whispering that in Williams' ear right now, wherever he might be.
Comments

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:24 am
 

Magic release Jason Williams after he no-shows

Cutler9393...Should we maybe close that open quotation mark before we further slam Mr. Otis on his grammar usage?

whos cutler9393, you should be a little more worried about your lack of reading and comprehension



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Magic release Jason Williams after he no-shows

Classless move for sure but to everyone who keeps talking about him bagging groceries or getting another job remember he has over $50M in career earnings for the league alone.  This guy was hot for a while and had some endorsement deals (Randy Moss Commercial?) for a while.  Unless he went all Antoine Walker on his bank account he shouldn't ever have to work again.  He deserves to ride off into the sunset at 35, sit on a boat and count the cash, he just should have told the Magic he was done.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Jason Williams was just waived by the Magic.  Maybe they'll get a Big Man to back up Howard now!



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Sometimes players need to take a back seat, and appreciate the league for a golden opportunity..It's a wonderful ,fruitful, definetly rewarding game if you play by the rules..




Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

I think it;s time for jason williams to get a taste of over seas basketball...So the appreciation for the league will jump back inside his head..



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Bartolo Colon did the same thing to White Sox back in 09. So I'll respond to this the same way I responded to that...whooooooooo cares? Arenas, Nelson, J-Rich, Redick is plenty for your backcourt. Maybe they could use his roster to spot to add someone who plays Power Forward/Center. Besides eveyone knew Williams was crazy to begin with.



Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Cutler9393...Should we maybe close that open quotation mark before we further slam Mr. Otis on his grammar usage?



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Too much attitude and never had the skills to back it up.  Either enjoy riding pine, go to Europe and be a semi-star* or retire and go to your fall back job of baggin' groceries or slingin' 1/8's to high school kids. Loser



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Can't say I'm surprised. There's a reason this clown has been on half a dozen teams. If memory serves, didn't he opt to retire rather than play for the Clippers? Stay classy White Chocolate!



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Jason Williams bounces out on Orlando Magic

Not only they dont know what happened to the pot smoker he really let his team down that is like family why not wait it out on the bench its not like he was playing anyways. WHAT A DICK MOVE



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