Mo Williams' edge, fire fueled from Jerry Sloan

Mo Williams' edge, fire fueled from Jerry Sloan
October 15, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Mo Williams' edge, fire from Jerry Sloan

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Mo Williams figures he caught a break. A lot of very young rookies coming into the NBA don’t get as lucky as he did.

Williams, under the impression he was going to be drafted in the top 15 of the NBA draft, left the University of Alabama in 2003 after two seasons. Instead, he was taken in the second round, the 47th pick overall, by the Utah Jazz.

Lucky? Yes, he thinks so. Because he landed with Utah and the Jazz’s legendary head coach Jerry Sloan.

Now in his 11th NBA season, Williams is being counted on to provide quiet leadership and a heavy dose of professionalism to the Trail Blazers this season.

And it was enjoyable to hear him talk about the foundation for all that – from Sloan, who provided Williams' blueprint for finding his way in the NBA.