It was a four and one fast break with Jason Williams leading the pack. He fakes a pass to the left then throws a behind the back pass from the right with Chris Webber running and slamming the ball as the crowd went wild…
Williams always dazzle you with his fancy passes and unorthodox style. His number 55 jersey was one of the top five best selling jersey while he was still in his rookie year. He was always the crowd pleasing player but he was also the turnover-prone. His “street” play and quick shot from the three point line always hurt the team on crucial plays that’s why he sat out most of the fourth quarter especially during the 2000 playoffs against the Lakers.
Jason Williams wears jersey number 44 now with the Orlando Magic. Those hefty passes became a rarity nowadays and Williams is now a step slower at age 34. He was always donned as the “White Chocolate” because of his street ball style but now what’s left of white chocolate is just an embedded tattoo on his hands. It wasn’t an ideal career having to start then sit during fourth quarters in most games. But everything change when he played in Miami. Pat Riley changed his mindset and Jason found possibilities where he never imagined before. He won a title and started to stay out away from the limelight and live the life he prefers… a low profile lifestyle.
Jason will be playing the number 3 backup in Orlando this time with the recent signing of Chris Duhon who will be serving as Jameer Nelson’s backup. It looks like Jason’s minutes are now becoming limited. But he will be ready each time Coach Van Gundy taps his back. The behind the back passes are now replaced by precise chest pass. It’s just like that nowadays the easiest and less turnover the better. But somehow beyond that low key profile, a championship ring and a contender team we still want the old Jason Williams to be back. Will the old white chocolate please come out….?
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