Utah Jazz: Williams looking forward to return visit to Utah

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  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 15, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:18 p.m.


    Oh, Please....

  • crunchem Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    @ohplease really? you wouldn't boo Kobe or LeBron?

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    I totally agree with you you shaybo! stay classy Jazz fans.. Deron gave us hie best!!

  • ohplease springfield, il
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    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.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    The only good thing about Darren Williams coming back to Utah is if the Nets win.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    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 introduced tonight.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    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!

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    It will be interesting to see if he has those shoulder tatoos on his knee caps now.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    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!!!

  • Bob_Cratchet White River Junction, Vt
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    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!!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    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 his ilk.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    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!

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    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.

  • HugMe Logan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 6:07 a.m.

    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.

  • dinkndunk MORGAN, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:09 a.m.

    Welcome back D-will

  • Heffy Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 12:23 a.m.

    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).

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    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 get em.

  • SMS Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    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.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 13, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    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.

  • whatislogical OGDEN, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    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 :/

  • Utah Jazz fan Chris Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    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!

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Stocktom, Malone, Honacek, Russell, Carr, Eisley, Anderson.......ahhhhh.......those were the good ol' days.