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Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:34 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 7:46 pm
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Veteran point guard Jason Williams has retired. Posted by Ben Golliver.

It's been one of those years for Jason Williams. Back in October, he was suspended for bumping an official after arguing a call. In January, he no-showed on a road trip, got into a dispute with Magic management and eventually forced his way into a release. Shortly thereafter, he was picked up by the Memphis Grizzlies, where he played 11 games but isn't with the team in the playoffs due to injuries.

On Monday, ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports both reported that Williams has decided to retire after a 12-year NBA career in which he posted averages of 10.5 points and 5.9 assists. It's probably time.

Williams, 35, averaged just 2.0 points and 1.9 assists in 10.9 minutes per game this season. He was somewhat productive as a reserve guard for the Magic last year, but Orlando's backcourt became extra crowded after its midseason trade for Gilbert Arenas, and Williams was clearly the odd man out. 

The lasting memory from Williams' 2010-2011 season will be discontent, however his unique legacy casts a much wider net. He will be remembered as "White Chocolate," a high school teammate of NFL player Randy Moss who was not afraid to profanely tee off on reporters after a game and who brought one of the truly unique moves to the game: the behind-the-back off-the-elbow pass, as show below. He was also a member of the 2006 title-winning Miami Heat

Happy trails, White Chocolate. There won't be another like you.

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Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:12 am
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

I was always a White Chocolate fan, and as a Heat fan since the team's inception, I thank JWill for his role on the 2006 championship team. JWill will live forever in Heat lore!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

Time takes its toll, even for professional athletes. JW was a great entertainer and his time in sac should be remembered. The haters always showed up for JW. still do, guys posting here who only dribbled on their mommas blouse, send the hate. Too Bad. JW was no comparison to the "Pistol" however he was not just another guy. He made the fans raise the roof with cheers and jeers so many times. Good Luck JW.




Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

Just another guy poohdaddy?? If being just another guy gives you a 12 year NBA career, I'm sure he's more than ok with being just another guy......



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Salute the man

Jason Williams and Chris Webber teamed up to rejuvinate a sad Kings team. Williams had some great years in Sac... while I was a season ticket holder. The Kings were fun to watch AND they were winning.



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:00 am
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

Jason Williams I will always remember how you put Sacramento on the map when we drafted you with your flashy play. One
 of my favorite memories about you was when you were a rookie and the Kings where playing the Sonics and you where being
 guarded by the best defensive point guard in the NBA Gary Payton (the glove) you crossed him over so bad he fell and everyone
 who anounced the the game that day said you broke G.P ankles lol! Thanks for the Memories White Chocolate.



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:29 am
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

POOHDADDY-JAG

Just Another Gay!



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:16 am
 

Sacramento King

The guy transformed a team that the hometown crown openly jeered in Sacramento before his arrival... I know. I was one of them. Just ask Charles Barkley who on one occasion had to laugh and shake his head in pity for the laboriously awful Duane Causwell who was more concerned about how his friggin' shorts were saggin' than playing a decent game. I say THANK YOU J-WILL. You made the game fun, despite the erratic once-in-a-whiles. Even when we lost, we did it with style, more than a few "Did you just see THAT?!!?", and always at full speed. Enjoy your retirement, try not to smoke it ALL away on blunts and tatoos, and for cryin' out loud, and think about makin' an appearance once or twice a "quality" TV show like The View or maybe Ellen.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

JAG

Just Another Guy!




Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Jason Williams retires

Anybody else remember the comparisons that a hyperventilating media made between "White Chocolate" and Pete Maravich during the former's rookie season?

Sounds pretty damn dumb now, doesn't it (and not to say that it didn't at the time, too).




Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Veteran PG Jason Williams retires

White Chocolate always put on a good show.  I was privileged to watch him play in Memphis for several years and always found him to be a great entertainer.  You will be missed J-Will.  Thanks for the great memories!


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