Jason Williams Can’t Believe Heat Won a Title, Either

by May 17, 2010

J-Will tells the Herald a similar story to what ex-teammate Shaquille O’Neal said about that championship Miami team from 2006: “As the Magic prepared for Game 1, J-Will explained what the main difference is between the teams. And his reasoning didn’t differ too much from O’Neal, who questioned out loud in the S.I. article this week how the 2006 Heat ever won that title with its partying ways off the court. ‘I didn’t even know that was going to be a shot at the title,’ Williams said. ‘But I’ll take it. D-Wade carried a lot of that slack.’ Williams believes his current Magic team is far deeper and much more focused than Miami’s champion. But it remains to be seen if the Magic has enough heart and the necessary finisher to complete the job. ‘We weren’t as focused when we won the championship in 2006,’ Williams said. ‘I can say that. I was there. I saw it. I was at the shootarounds, all the practices and stuff. Don’t get me wrong. We got the job done. But here, with every little thing, we’re so focused.’ The irony of it is J-Will and Shaq were two of the bigger problems on that team when it came to attitude, J-Will&Pat work ethic and meeting Riley’s demands for defense and conditioning. They were also big reasons why the Heat won. And Miami hasn’t seen their level of production at center and point guard since they departed. But I remember hearing something about the two of them getting tossed out of practices, including an infamous session when Shaq supposedly refused to leave and charged after Riley before Alonzo Mourning stepped between them.”