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Jay Williams does not think Kevin Durant returning this season is good idea

Kevin Durant

With the NBA season having been postponed, the Brooklyn Nets have not formally ruled out the possibility of Kevin Durant playing this season. Jay Williams thinks they should.

Williams, who hosts ESPN’s “The Boardroom” with Durant, told Marc Berman of the New York Post on Monday that he does not feel it would be wise for Durant to go from not playing the entire season while recovering from a torn Achilles to being thrown into a highly competitive atmosphere.

“I think everybody’s antsy,” Williams said. “As it relates to Kevin, it depends on the timetable of those games and how condensed it is. It’s one thing to come back and start the beginning of next season where there’s time and space between games and [you can] keep your body ramped up the right way. But someone coming back off an injury and go right into a playoff scenario, I don’t think it’s feasible or fair on Kevin himself. But Kevin is his own man. He’ll do what he wants to do.”

The NBA has yet to lay out a plan for the resumption of play, but there has been talk that there could be a three-week training camp period before finishing the season. There is still another month’s worth of games remaining in the regular season, but the NBA could opt to condense that and jump into the playoffs sooner. While Williams said Durant has been working out and is feeling great, he questions if playing this season would be worth the risk.

“It’s about how long will they train? How long will he play five-on-five with physical contact?” Williams said. “There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered. Someone can have great individual workouts and pickup games but until you play in full live-game situation with teammates, I don’t know the answer.”

The Nets are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but Kyrie Irving is not expected to play again this season because of a shoulder injury. Although Nets GM Sean Marks recently changed his tune a bit when discussing Durant, it still seems highly unlikely that the two-time NBA Finals MVP will play this season.

ESPN’s Jay Williams called out for hypocritical Kawhi Leonard opinion

Jay Williams

ESPN analyst Jay Williams was called out on social media for his hypocritical Kawhi Leonard opinion.

Williams tweeted Friday morning that if Leonard left Toronto to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers, it would be the “weakest move” he’d ever seen by a dominant player.

Leonard is expected to meet with the Lakers and Clippers among other teams in free agency, though he is also considering a return to the Raptors.

So what’s the problem with Williams’ opinion? Williams is the same person who fiercely defended Kevin Durant for joining the Golden State Warriors in 2016.

What Durant did is arguably worse. He left a team that blew a 3-1 series lead to join the team that defeated his in seven games. The Lakers missed the playoffs last season for the sixth year in a row. On top of that, the Warriors had a prime MVP in Steph Curry and two prime All-Stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Lakers will have four guys on their roster, and one of those stars — Davis — has won one playoff series in his entire career.

If you want to say both moves are fine, OK. If you want to say both moves would be weak, that is fair. But you can’t call one acceptable and the other weak when they’re so similar; it shows inconsistency in opinion and makes it seem like you’re basing things on personal preference and feelings, which Jay Will seems to be doing. His opinion is what’s weak, though it’s not the first time he’s shared radical comments.

Jay Williams campaigns for Juwan Howard as next Michigan coach

Juwan Howard

Michigan is in the market for a new head basketball coach, and Jay Williams knows who should be considered for the job.

Williams, the former Duke star and current ESPN analyst, said on Twitter Monday that Juwan Howard should be the next Michigan coach.

Former NBA point guard Rod Strickland, a former teammate of Howard, similarly supported Juwan for the job:

Howard played at Michigan from 1991-1994 and was part of the famous “Fab Five” team, along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. The Fab Five is arguably the most well-known recruiting class in college sports history and generated success and notoriety for the program. They were also associated with infamy due to the Ed Martin scandal.

Howard, 46, is a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, former NBA All-Star, and has worked as a Heat assistant coach since 2013.

The culture at Michigan is not a problem, despite what Williams says. John Beilein brought Michigan back into prominence during his 12 seasons, helping them to become one of the most successful college basketball programs over the decade. The next coach would just need to build off that, not remake it.

Jay Williams blasts Doug Gottlieb over scholarship idea for transfers

Jay Williams

Doug Gottlieb probably is not the only person who has an issue with college athletes transferring in their freshman seasons, but NCAA basketball analyst and former Duke star Jay Williams does not think Gottlieb is in any position to pass judgment about it.

On Wednesday night, Gottlieb suggested that athletes who transfer as freshmen should have pay back their scholarship.

In response, Williams essentially ripped Gottlieb for being a hypocrite.

The circumstances were a bit different for Gottlieb at Notre Dame, of course. Gottlieb was a star point guard as a freshman for the Irish in 1995-96, but he ended up transferring amid a credit card scandal where he stole a classmate’s credit card and used it to make multiple purchases. He transferred to Golden West College and eventually ended up at Oklahoma State.

You could make the argument that someone in Gottlieb’s position would have more reason to pay back their scholarship than an athlete who is in good standing but chooses to transfer. In any event, Gottlieb is used to hearing it from fans about his credit card fraud scandal, so he probably won’t be all that bothered by the shot Williams took at him.

ESPN’s Jay Williams says players should boycott Final Four

Jay Williams

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams made a radical suggestion on Tuesday.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, Williams explained why he thinks college basketball players should boycott the Final Four.

Williams compared the scholarships college athletes receive to shares of the salary cap in professional sports. He also compared college players to the members of the US women’s national soccer team, who made complaints over wage inequalities.

“Wouldn’t it be a crazy thing if we saw players actually, just not boycott a game in the NCAA Tournament, but boycott the Final Four? Imagine how quickly the NCAA would recognize that it’s just not only a business for themselves, but also a business for the athletes as well. That’s how you make change,” he concluded, as transcribed by The Spun.

Williams’ comments come a day after fellow ESPN analyst Jalen Rose suggested that the players boycott the tournament entirely.

The issue of college players being paid came to the forefront after an FBI investigation showed widespread corruption throughout college basketball.

Jay Williams shares story that perfect illustrates Kobe Bryant’s work ethic

Kobe Bryant

Jay Williams, the 35-year-old ESPN commentator, has turned into one of the best basketball analysts out there. At one time, he was viewed as an heir apparent to the greats. Williams was the No. 2 pick in the 2002 draft.

Though his playing career ended abruptly after a motorcycle accident in 2003, Williams has a tremendous redemption story. And, to be sure, he left the NBA with plenty of stories from his brief stint in the league.

Williams shared one of those stories – a message to Kobe Bryant – on his Twitter Saturday.

Williams arrived for the Bulls’ game at the Staples Center well before tip to “make sure I get 400 made shots.” Kobe was already there, putting in hard work.

“It’s not like his moves are nonchalant, he’s doing, like, game moves,” Williams said. “I sit there, I unlace my shoes, I go ‘want to see how long this goes.’ I sit there and watch, it goes another 25 minutes and he got done.”

The best part of this story, however, unfolds after the game – after Kobe had dropped 40.

“So I ask, ‘Hey Kobe, why were you at the gym for so long?’” Williams said. “He’s like ‘because I saw you come in. And I wanted you to know it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you.’”

That’s the Mamba Mentality.

ESPN’s Jay Williams rips ‘spoiled’ Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen trip

ESPN’s analysts came down hard on Grayson Allen for the junior guard’s controversial trip of an opponent during Duke’s game against Elon on Wednesday.

Speaking at halftime of the Louisville-Kentucky game, the ESPN college basketball trio of Rece Davis, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg called for Coach K to take action against Allen for his trip. Williams, who played at Duke, came down particularly hard on Allen and demanded a five-game suspension for the guard.

“Enough already,” said Williams. “I’m disappointed that (Allen) even played in the second half. He should be suspended for five games. The ACC should take immediate action. But I hope that Coach K would take action before the ACC. Because (Allen’s) a junior. No more gifts. We’re done with that. He deserves to sit. He’s showing who his character is, and that’s unfortunate.”

Former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said Coach K needs to “make a statement” and suspend him.

Rece Davis compared Allen’s behavior to that of a child.

“He acts like a petulant toddler that can’t control his emotions when he gets angry,” said Davis.

Williams then ripped Allen for pouting on the bench after getting a technical rather than apologizing.

“How do you not show remorse for that? At least go over and apologize to the kid instead of going to the bench and pouting. It just makes him look like a spoiled child,” said Williams.

Allen has a history of tripping opponents going back to last season (see this and this). Coach K has let him get away with it but needs to finally take action.

Jay Williams advocates for marijuana as painkiller for athletes


Jay Williams is advocating for marijuana to be accepted as a form of painkillers used by professional athletes.

The former Duke star and No. 2 overall draft pick by the Chicago Bulls had his basketball career derailed by a motorcycle injury that left him with severe leg damage, torn ligaments in his knee, and a broken pelvis. He says that during his time of recovery, many addictive painkillers with serious side effects were prescribed to him. He personally knows the dangers associated with being addictive to such painkillers, and that’s why he believes marijuana should be used as an alternative.

Williams wrote the following on The Players Tribune to support his view:

Our culture is progressive about a lot of things, but in some corners, marijuana is still vilified and misunderstood. I believe that marijuana, which many experts agree is less addictive and less prone to overdose than pain meds like OxyContin​, must be an integral part of the conversation about how we treat pain in our everyday lives.

Today, marijuana is punished with steep fines and suspensions in our sports leagues.​ But pain isn’t going anywhere. Seeking to keep playing the sport they love, many athletes suffering from injury become dependent on the same types of doctor-prescribed painkillers I did in order to cope.

Whether it’s legal or not, many players in the NFL already smoke marijuana and use it for its beneficial properties, such as painkilling. MLB does not even test for marijuana.

Williams’ stance certainly makes sense, especially considering some states have already legalized marijuana. The one thing teams would have to worry about is making sure players would not take advantage and get high before games, which is something Williams says happened on the Bulls.

Ex-Bull Jay Williams: Teammates bet $20K on Rock, Paper, Scissors


Many an NBA talent has been known indulge in the lavish and extravagant lifestyle that comes with the territory of being a professional athlete. And sometimes, things can get a little reckless. Blowing thousands of dollars betting on frivolous schoolyard games would seem to fall under that category.

But that’s exactly what former Duke star Jay Williams claims that his teammates on the Chicago Bulls used to do. Making an appearance Monday on the The Brilliant Idiots podcast, Williams spilled some juicy details about his NBA adventures, including witnessing $20,000 bets on Rock, Paper, Scissors, and other similar games.

Williams can be seen talking about the Rochambeau ridiculousness at the 4:51 mark (though a word of warning about the presence of rather NSFW language in the interview). The former No. 2 overall pick also spoke about how Michael Jordan, though no longer a member of the team at that time, would gamble on occasion with the youngbloods.

Still just 33 years old, Williams is now a college basketball analyst for ESPN. After a promising career with the Blue Devils got him drafted second overall by the Bulls in 2002, he was severely injured in a catastrophic 2003 motorcycle crash and his NBA dreams were cut short.

But apparently, his brief time in the Association was sufficient to provide Williams with enough stories to last a lifetime. This isn’t even the first time he has shared an outrageous story about his ex-Bulls teammates, famously making the controversial claim a couple years back that they used to smoke weed before games as well.

Nevertheless, it’s fun to look at that 2002-03 Bulls team and speculate which of the colorful characters on the roster might have been involved. Eddy Curry? Marcus Fizer? Jalen Rose? Or maybe even current Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg?

And just imagine if these shenanigans went down a decade later with the addition of Lizard and Spock to the traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors stockpile. Would we have seen bets run up to $50,000?

H/T Bleacher Report

Duke fans blow up Jay Williams’ Twitter mentions for picking Virginia

Jay Williams Virginia

Former Duke All-American point guard Jay Williams went against the Blue Devils family Saturday, and fans of the program are not happy.

Williams, now an analyst for ESPN, picked Virginia to beat Duke on Saturday. But he didn’t just pick the Cavs to win; he rubbed it in. Williams went Superman and unveiled a Virginia jersey he had on under his jersey and then he jumped into the UVA fan section.

Well you can guess what happened after that — Duke erased a big deficit and came back to win 69-63. Duke fans were sure to remind JayWill of his bad pick.

Take a look at Williams’ Twitter mentions below: