This article states that DWill was one of the "most respected and
reviled". That says it about right in addition to the quote of "great
talent and surliness". He was a "Fightin' Illini" and has
immense basketball gifts. However, he had a moody side. I hope that things
work out with the Nets. So far, it has been rocky.
@ohplease really? you wouldn't boo Kobe or LeBron?
I totally agree with you you shaybo! stay classy Jazz fans.. Deron gave us hie
DWill has come across as more classy than some of his detractors who have posted
here. He has never publicly denigrated the Jazz organization, although I think
the way his trade was handled was abominable. (He found out about it while
watching ESPN). I believe that DWill's frustration was the same frustration that
I had with the Jazz: they blew up the team and brought in no one who would make
it better while trading away those who could: Matthews and Maynor are prime
examples. Memo and AK were kept, yet Brewer and Korver were traded. It is
disingenuous to say that DWill would have not re-signed when his contract was
up. He had over a year left on his contract, so it is doubtful that even he knew
what he planned to do.Personally, I would never boo anyone; I think
it is a classless act. DWill has shown the type of individual he is through his
devotion to his family, his faith and his charitable acts. After all, that is
the true measure of a man.
The only good thing about Darren Williams coming back to Utah is if the Nets
So DWill wanted out, can't find it in my heart to blame him. All he ever asked
was that they put a team together that would have a chance to compete at the top
level which they failed to do. Through it all he gave 100 percent and played
like the all star he was, remember also it was they who traded him not the other
way around. I personally will be embarrassed if they treat him with
anything but the respect he deserves for giving us five great years when he is
Sorry, I can't join the "everybody loves everybody" club on this one.
If I were there I would boo him and boo him hard. Cheers for Memo and Sundiata
and even polite applause for Kris---but the booing would come loud and nasty
when DWills name is called. He deserves it. If you look up "spoiled,
arrogant, entitled athlete" in the dictionary--his face would be smiling
back at you. The fact that he hasn't talked to Sloan is very telling (since he
quit because Jazz management wouldn't back him up in disciplining or getting rid
of a player who refused to listen to his coaches. I loved this kid and loved
watching him grow into a great ballplayer in SLC--but I am glad he is gone. The
guy now wearing #8 seems to have learned that he doesn't like living in punkland
and is trying his best to be a team player. I am so proud of our current team
and I hope they take it to this spoiled loser's bunch in a mean and nasty way.
Go Jazz! Go away DWill!
It will be interesting to see if he has those shoulder tatoos on his knee caps
He's coming off a 35 point (on 18 shots), 14 assist, 2 turn over game in
Phoenix. Yikes! Hopefully he's all tired out 'cause if not, he's going to
tear us apart.
The NBA is full of overpaid, whinning little boys...When a Paul, a James, and a
D. Williams don't want to play for the teams that drafted them, made them a name
and made them millionairs, then thats when they do not deserve to be idolized at
all.Although I will be there tonight, I will not Booo Williams
because I do not wish to even recognize that he is even there...because an old
saying is..."Any publicity is good, whether it is positive or
negative"D. Williams will not stay with the Nets either...the
only person he can live with is himself and that is even difficult...it is a
good thing some NBA players don't wear hats...they would never fit.Now a class act and in direct opposition of a D. Williams is Kevin Durant!!!
I miss D Will. He plays with heart. I wish we had someone on the team now that
wanted to win as badly as he does. He is a fierce competitor and I respect
that. I hope that he is treated respectfully when he comes. He played his
heart out for the Jazz and was the cornerstone to the best team since the
Stockton-Malone teams. Good luck D-Will, and GO JAZZ!!
I wonder if he will still be sucking his thumb like the overpaid crier that he
is. I would boo him if I were there but I wont spend my money to support him and
I just hope that Gordon Hayward can rise to the occassion and break out of his
slump for this one. It would be nice to see him dunk one on D Will! A few made
threes from Gordon would be nice in this one as well. Go Gordon! Go Jazz!
It would be nice to see Utah give him a warm welcome, but that's not usually the
case. He's the enemy now, and fans usually boo the enemy! As long as the Jazz
fans don't get as bad as the Philly fans, we should be OK.
He doesn't deserve the boos he will get. Whether with the Jazz or the Nets,
Williams is a competitor. He wants to win badly and he takes losses hard. Due to
his contract, Boozer's contract, Memo's contract, and Ak's contract, the Jazz
were strapped on what they could do. Williams wanted to see the Jazz makes some
trades, most likely Boozer, but instead they traded his good friend Ronnie
Brewer. Williams was ready to bolt ever since that Brewer trade.The
part of the article that hurt the most was Williams statement that the Utah
chapter of his life is over. I was still hoping that somehow, someway Williams
would like the pieces we have here and that the Jazz would somehow use the trade
exception along with another player outside of our youth to bring Williams back.
I knew it was unlikely, but with Williams on this team, we would be on the verge
of being a great team.
Welcome back D-will
I think D-will would have been happy to stay in Utah if the Jazz looked like
they could be championship contenders, instead of playing the first round of the
playoffs on the road every year. He got frustrated at times, but he always
played hard and wanted to win. He never demanded to be traded. He just likely
wouldn't have re-signed when his contract ended. I don't know if that can be
considered disloyalty. If I still lived in Utah, I would love to go cheer for
him (and for a Jazz win).
I hope Jazz fans show some class and give a warm welcome to D-Will. The man is a
great player and the only reason he got a little sour sometimes was because he
is so competitive and wants to win. My biggest concern is that he is going to
rip the Jazz apart to really remind us what we're missing . Come on Jazz, go
He shouldn't be booed. I was upset when he complained at times, but it just
shows you how much he wanted to win and wanted to do it here. The decisions
management has made since Larry's death have been poor--that's the problem.
Booooooooooo. No loyalty. Wold not commit to the organization, that is why he
was traded. Bad attitude after losses, saying his team didn't know plays.
Booooooo. Go Jazz,stick it to him.
I'm much different than a couple of you above, if I was going to be there you
would definetely hear me booing. D-Will has all of these nice things to say
about our fans and management and we all know he wanted "OUT" and was
not going to commit beyond his contract and leave us with nothing in return.
Turnabout in this case was fair play, and that rotten attitude at times was just
disgusting. Good riddance.
Williams was and is a great player and person. Same with Coach Sloan. Just
because there may or may not have been a difference of opinion every once in a
while is no reason to boo anyone. If I were there I would give D-Will a standing
O when he gets introduced into the lineup. Too bad I wont be able to make it :/
Even though a Net now, D-will is still my favorite jazz man of all time. Like
what blauch said, this man doesn't deserve boos as he did so much for this
franchise. Shame on you if you boo him!
Williams does not deserve any Boo's. Jazz Management absolutely hosed him.
Still the biggest mistake was signing Memo to that extension which to letting
Matthews. I still believe that had the Jazz let Boozer, AK and Memo walked and
built around Williams, Matthews and Millsap (all about the same age Williams is
27, Millsap is 26 and Matthews is 25) they would be in better shape right now.
Stocktom, Malone, Honacek, Russell, Carr, Eisley,
Anderson.......ahhhhh.......those were the good ol' days.