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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  30 responses

Jason Williams Retired

The Artist Formely known as White Chocolate has called it quits, largely due to back pain. The Commercial Appeal reports: “Point guard Jason Williams announced his retirement Monday, ending his 12-year NBA career and a brief reunion with the Grizzlies this season. Williams, 35, signed with Memphis as a free agent on Feb. 7 but missed the team’s final 17 regular-season games with a sore lower back. In addition to two stints with the Griz, Williams played for the Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. The 6-1 guard won the 2006 NBA Championship with Miami. Williams’ contract with the Griz included a player option for the 2011-12 season. He was last seen in FedExForum on March 30. He then left for Orlando to be with his family.”

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  • Zabba

    White Chocolate sure was something else.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Damn…..an entertainer, a dribbling fiend, an enigma and at the end of it all….a champion. Enjoy your future, Whit Eboy.

  • Charles

    We need an article in the next ish?

  • Yesse

    Come on. You can’t quit during playoff time, atleast not before the run is over.

  • Chris_Griff_3

    Again?

  • Sparker

    slam, today’s opportunity to post some old school video has arrived

  • http://www.anaheimroyalty.com Anaheim Royals

    Behind the back elbow pass FTW.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    dude was one of the most entertaining players of all time.. pistol pete lite of our era

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Will be missed. I enjoyed his stint with the Heat. Glad he got the chance to earn a ring before retiring.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Arguably this generation’s greatest showman.

  • greg

    ^^^ carter but hes definetly up there

  • miller126

    The League lost something today, he was the reason why I watched the NBA. Thanks for all the memories, a lot of late nights throughout my childhood and teen years watching late night highlights of the Kings. Watching late night Sportscenter just to catch a 30 sec highlight reel of the “bad” Grizz days but the dude was still ballin, just seemed like he was sent to exile when traded to Memphis but it was for the good, turned his whole career around and helped transform that franchise. Loved the Miami days, injuries started to nag but was the third leading scorer on the team behind Dwade and Shaq, and was crucial in the ECF. Great “homecoming” for the Florida product by heading back to Orlando (he’s had a house there for years, and was hoping to get drafted by Magic in ’98) and his brief stint with the Grizz was awesome as well, the dude still has the skills but the injuries caught up. This wont be the last time u see Jwill, he will be coaching somewhere.
    A quick highlight mix of his brief run with the 2011 Grizz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOfhY0szEH0

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I’m not 100% sure but, wasn’t he technically still part of Memphis’ roster? At least call it quits after the playoff run!

  • dma

    Didn’t he complain about not playing in Orlando

  • irondan21

    Spent his last couple seasons living of his reputation. Dude’s be “retired” for a while.

  • unrel

    Whit Eboy = classic tat

  • B. Deezy

    2 the man that inspired me 2 play ball the way i do, u will bee missed…

  • Red Star

    All the best!

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    damn man, this is sad… this guy was amazing

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    Loved the kid’s game, aint changed since his Florida days. Cant wait for the next gen to pay homage. Need to bring dem hyperflights back. yup. White Chocolate

  • Red

    He sucks

  • r2j

    There will be cause J-Will gave white guys hope that they can play PG. He was one of my favorite players, remembered him, Webber, Divac, Peja (At his prime)Christie, Nick Anderson was playing well and Scot Pollard. Sacramento was fun as hell and that used to be my favorite team. Thanx J-Will.

  • Heals

    Red your an idiot, hope you enjoy killing the whole day watching his highlights on youtube. Thanks for the ride J-Will, it was fun while it lasted…

  • larrylegend

    this guy put in work! sad to see him exit this way.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I’ll never forget when he crossed up Gary Payton and the Glove tried to trip him then he went to the basket and threw up that scissor kick floater. One of my favorite NBA highlights.

  • odp

    as a want to be baller from wv jwill is deff someone i looked up to in the nba cause he made from a state were pro sport players dont come from and nba ballers are even fewer.

  • DS44

    He put on one hell of a show!

  • MikeC.

    Ultimately, a player that never lived up to the hype. Not his fault as the hype was created by highlight shows and youtube clips and not his actual game. Fun to watch when the outcome of the game didn’t matter.

  • TheGlove

    drfrance, def. gotta love GP sticking his foot out on that lol. J-Will talked about that crossover on one of the And 1 shows a while back:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbxSDLWY9p0

  • Dave

    Man he was one of the flashiest players when he came into the league and really turned his game around. I rememeber when they would not put him in during the playoffs in Sac because they were afraid he would turn it over. He was fun to watch, but didn’t take care of the ball well. After he went to Memphis he turned his game around and had consistantly had one of the best assist to turnover ratios in the league since. He was my favorite player. Who am I going to root for now? Dammit!

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