A certain generation of NBA fans is feeling pretty old today now that Grizzlies' guard Jason Williams has announced his retirement. Well, second retirement, technically, but this time it sounds like it's for real.
The 35-year-old, who sat out the last 17 contests of the season with lower back soreness, was in his second stint with the Grizzlies after signing with them as a free agent in early February. He finishes his career with averages of 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 788 games.
Williams was, for some, the epitome of 90's NBA basketball. A lot of flash and razzle-dazzle but not a whole lot of championship value. It seems apropos that his nickname, White Chocolate, grew not organically but from a Sacramento Kings PR rep.
The nickname was started in Williams' rookie year by Stephanie Shepard, a media relations assistant with the Sacramento Kings. "I came up with that name because of his style," Shepard said. "He has flash and pizazz. The way he does things with the ball is incredible to me. It reminds me of, like, schoolyard street ball when I go to Chicago."
The only real way to appreciate Williams' career is to watch a highlight reel of his craziest and flashiest plays. Naturally, you should do while listening to Michelle Branch and Santana. And so we shall: