Tuesday , Jun , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Jason Williams Speaks on His Past

Hearing from Jason Williams is like getting a phone call from someone you see at work every day but only talk to at office parties; you might see them around all the time, but you know next to nothing about their life. Despite his flashy playing style, Whit’s generally a quiet cat in public, generally keeping his head down, his voice low, and his quotes brief. However, Williams was unusually talkative today, letting loose on a number of past issues, including those involving Hubie Brown and company.

“I think his son, he was calling most of the sets and things like that, and pretty much, I don’t want to say running things, but he had a lot to do with what was going on,” Williams said. He was just a [jerk], man, to me. That was the problem in Memphis, just his son. I never had a problem with Hubie.

“Hubie’s got to do what he’s got to do, but at the same time, I don’t know if he really wanted to do it. I think he knew that I wasn’t wrong. I mean, I was wrong with the way I handled it, probably, but I think he knew his son was wrong, too.”

Any guesses as to what the “[jerk]” there is replacing? Whatever it is, it affords us a little more insight into the breakdown of their player-coach relationship, which was as strained as Stan Van Gundy’s shorts even at the best of times. Although Brown peaced out of Memphis while Williams remained, his beef with the coaching staff played a big part in management’s decision to move him further south to the Heat. Still, it apparently wasn’t all bad times with Jason and Hubie.

Jason Williams Speaks on His Past

“He said he was going to let me play,” Williams said of Brown. ‘He said ‘Go out and throw the ball behind your back on a fast break, and if it goes in the third row, next time try it with your left hand.’ Once he said that, I knew he was for real.”
Brilliant coaching strategy or mere senility? As Grandpa Simpson would say, “A little from Column A, a little from Column B.”
Jason Williams wasn’t the only one talking, though. His father was also responsible for a couple of quotes, giving his two cents on the mistakes Rick Adelman made while Eboy was running the show in Sacto.
“I like Rick Adelman and those guys out there [in Sacramento],” Jason’s father, Terry Williams, said. ‘But in a way I think they did Jason a disservice. He goes out there and they threw him the basketball and said, ‘Go play,’ with no direction. He’d throw crazy passes and turnovers and they’d never take him out of the game, just leave him in. I just think he needed some direction, some leadership. They just let him do whatever he wanted to do.”

Past problems aside, Williams is undoubtedly going to be a key player in the upcoming finals. Shaq’s monster night drew the majority of the media attention following game six of the Detroit series, but Jason contributed as much to Miami’s win as anyone not playing for the Pistons, finding the nylon on ten of his twelve shots and dishing out twelve dimes while only turning the ball over once. If he can continue control the tempo and hit his shots at a high percentage from here on out, the Heat will be another step closer to the Larry O’Brien trophy.