Photos: Best of Jason Williams
White Chocolate turns 36 today—here’s a gallery of his best photo moments.
by Abe Schwadron / @abe_squad
Anyone with a certain skin tone who played hoops in the early 2000s was almost certainly at some point referred to as “White Chocolate.” Yes, even I was dubbed as such, upon dropping a behind-the-back pass in a sixth grade scrimmage. (And just about every time I’ve thrown one since.) “That’s JWill!”
Then again, it’s either Williams or Nash as far as NBA comparisons go for average-sized white dudes with hair and a penchant for the flashy assist. Which brings us to today, and Jason Williams’ 36th birthday. Here at SLAMonline, we’re not about to forget dude’s impact on the L. He brought toughness that his peers respected, and creativity appreciated by fans everywhere. He turned heads with no-look passes, crazy handles and quirky style choices. He was a professional Professor, before “streetball” jacked his swag. Then again, he would hate the word “swag.” To JWill, he’s just real. Being real brought him a long NBA career, one that included an NBA title with the Miami Heat. So, in honor of his born day, we present a gallery of some of his most photogenic moments—from joking with the guys to awkward off-court shots. Because rather than searching JWill’s greatest moments in time, it’s best we remember him for what he brought to the game: love.