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FILE – Guard Jason Williams #44 of the Orlando Magic brings the ball upcourt throughout Sport Three of the Jap Convention Quarterfinals towards the Charlotte Bobcats throughout the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Area on April 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Picture by Mike Zarrilli / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Pictures by way of AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Retired NBA participant Jason Williams marveled at how the purpose guard place has advanced in right this moment’s recreation.

Williams, one of the crucial thrilling guards to observe throughout his heyday, couldn’t assist however be in awe of the present NBA level guards, who’ve taken the sport to better heights.

“The abilities of the guard right this moment, it’s loopy to me that the way in which they’ll rating and the way far they’ll shoot,” stated Williams throughout his media availability and meet and greet on Friday at NBA Retailer Philippines in Mandaluyong.

Williams was the prototypical level guard, whose main function was to arrange the offense and get his teammates concerned.

In right this moment’s recreation, level guards like Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Trae Younger amongst others, are finest recognized for his or her offensive firepower quite than their playmaking.

Requested who among the many present NBA gamers remind him of himself, Williams stated Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball resembles his recreation “somewhat bit.”

“I don’t assume any of them performed like I performed. Possibly LaMelo Ball somewhat bit. However the guys are so good they usually can rating 30 factors each evening so it’s completely different. I’d by no means rating 30,” stated Williams, who gained a championship with the Miami Warmth in 2006.

Williams, who was drafted seventh total by the Sacramento Kings in 1998, was a basketball wizard with a knack for flashy assists and his nifty ball dealing with.

“I believe there are only a lot extra guys doing it these days versus once I was enjoying. There weren’t too many guys that had been doing it. Plus these guys are so good, they’ll do something,” stated Williams, who can also be fondly often called “White Chocolate.”

The 47-year-old Williams, who performed for the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies as properly throughout a 13-year profession, additionally gave recommendation for gamers who’re attempting to emulate his recreation, significantly his dazzling dimes.

“I’d say in the event you wanna do issues like that, like behind-the-back passes, it’s important to follow that stuff too. It’s not like you possibly can simply exit on the ground and do it in a recreation. I believe it’s important to put within the work identical to taking pictures, dribbling, protection, and the whole lot else,” the previous NBA All-Rookie Workforce member stated.

“The issues I did took a variety of follow to study. I follow passing behind my again identical to how Steph Curry practices his leap photographs,” he added.

Williams is on the town to grace the return of NBA 3X Philippines, which options an under-19 and open division for girls and boys and open class, over the weekend at Mall of Asia.


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