Former NBAer John ‘Hot Rod’ Williams Battling Cancer

by December 10, 2015

Some sad news out of Cleveland: John “Hot Rod” Williams, drafted by the Cavs in 1985, is fighting for his life in a battle with prostate cancer.

The big fella is in the intensive care unit of a Baton Rouge hospital.

Williams made his biggest mark in the L playing for some pretty good Cavs teams throughout the mid-80s and early-90s.

Per the NEOMG:

After retiring, Williams owned a construction company. He coached little league and other youth sports in Sorrento. […] “He is loved in the community,” said (agent Mark) Bartelstein.


Bartelstein said they thought the health problems started for Williams about six months ago with prostate cancer. But then it spread and spread. He’s 53 and fighting for his life. […] “His family is with him,” said Bartelstein, his voice breaking. “It’s a very serious situation.”


“John loved playing in Cleveland,” said Bartelstein. “He played a few years after leaving the Cavs, but he always thought of himself as a Cavalier.” […] “I can never explain all that John has meant to me,” said Bartelstein. “And I know that he wants the Cavs fans to know all that they meant to him.”