Thursday , Aug , 27 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Orlando Magic getting Jason Williams and ‘White Chocolate’

When word broke that the charismatic table-setter signed with the Magic, I, like most of you, had visions of no-look passes, half-court alley-oops, and flashy handles. And I, again, like most of you, instantly thought of his first few seasons with the Sacramento Kings. Back then, the Kings, years before the Phoenix Suns’ Seven Seconds To Shoot system or the Golden State Warriors’ ‘We Believe’ phenomenon, won with high-flying and entertaining basketball. And his wizardry with the ball breathed life into a stale NBA, earning him the moniker of ‘White Chocolate’ …


Orlando Magic getting Jason Williams and 'White Chocolate'I’m expecting to see both ‘White Chocolate’ and Jason Williams next year with the Orlando Magic.

When word broke that the charismatic table-setter signed with the Magic, I, like most of you, had visions of no-look passes, half-court alley-oops, and flashy handles. And I, again, like most of you, instantly thought of his first few seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

Back then, the Kings, years before the Phoenix Suns’ Seven Seconds To Shoot system or the  Golden State Warriors’ ‘We Believe’ phenomenon, won with high-flying and entertaining basketball. And his wizardry with the ball breathed life into a stale NBA, earning him the moniker of ‘White Chocolate’.

However, I wouldn’t be doing Williams justice to just remember the highlights. After all, he evolved from showman to champion.

In Memphis, old school coach Hubie Brown saw past the style and fell for the substance of Williams’ basketball IQ and assist-to-turnover ratio. Don’t forget he was the starting point guard for a Miami Heat squad that captured the 2006 NBA Title  

I like this move for Orlando: the defending Eastern Conference champions are getting the flash of‘White Chocolate’ and the savvy of Jason Williams. 

I can’t wait for it. He’ll toss off the warm-ups and check-in for starter Jameer Nelson. Of course, he’ll lead the break, look off the defense and throw a masterful dime to explosive finishers like Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, and Rashard Lewis.

Yes, ‘White Chocolate’ will get serious love from Stuart Scott on ESPN SportsCenter in 2009-10. I think fans, home or away, will enjoy it. And I think his highlight reel passes will help the Magic’s second-unit sustain momentum when the starters need a blow.

That, however, isn’t the best part of this signing for Orlando. Suppose Nelson gets hurt. Or suppose he struggles. Well, coach Stan Van Gundy can call on Williams, the sure-handed and steady point guard with heaps of experience, to fill-in without a hiccup.

I expect ‘White Chocolate’/Williams to be this season’s Chris Anderson. Like most of you, I’m going to enjoy the showman/champion’s comeback.

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