February 10, 2013

Jay Williams, 10 Years After the Motorcycle Accident: Ten years ago, Chicago Bulls rookie guard and former Duke standout Jay Williams crashed his motorcycle and nearly lost his life, severely damaging his leg and ending a promising NBA career. A long profile in today's New York Times describes how Williams rebuilt his life and got past his reputation as someone who had it all and stupidly threw it away. "I hope people remind me of my accident every day of my life," said Williams. "Because that means I'm a prime example of somebody who had it and lost everything and may not have gotten it back in the same capacity but still reinvented myself." Williams allowed the Times to be the first media outlet to photograph his leg.

posted by rcade to basketball at 06:05 PM - 4 comments

Can't believe it's been ten years. Where did those go?

I look forward to reading the piece since I am now a NYT digital subber.

Yes, an upstanding, legit subber, thanks to new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's idiot-face implosion and reworking of the Verizon/Yahoo portal page, which deep sixed various eminent content providers and web partners, the NYT and SpoFi among them.

Smart people who think they're infallibly smart truly disturb me.

posted by beaverboard at 08:51 PM on February 10, 2013

I get confused about which NBA Jay/Jason/Jayson Williams is which.

This is the "ruined career with a crash" Jay Williams.
This is the "ruined career with a murder" Jayson Williams.
This is the "had a decent career, but reacts badly to criticism" Jason Williams.

posted by grum@work at 12:07 AM on February 11, 2013

That may be the most informative table you've ever presented. Thanks for that. I'll never forget this Jay Williams though because his rookie year featured one of the few highlights for Celtics fans in those dark times: Williams, full of Duke-bred confidence, doing his floor slap in the face of Celtics rookie Marcus Banks, who promptly ripped around him for an easy layup.

Ah, memories.

posted by yerfatma at 02:54 PM on February 11, 2013

You might not have noticed this in the article, but this does explain some of the Bulls' performance that year.

posted by Bonkers at 08:26 PM on February 11, 2013

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