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Jason Williams Sounds Off

Jason Williams and Mike Bibby’s team, Pedro’s Posse, were eliminated Friday night from The Tournament, which aired on ESPN 2, to the Bradley Alumni team, Always A Brave. Williams finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the 92-65 loss. Bibby finished, with 2 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and one steal.

Jason Williams and GM, Juan Bernal’ had this to say after the game.

With Ben Simmons being here, how do you feel his passing skills relate to yours?

Jason Williams: I’m not one to compare man. I got a Championship, that’s all I’m going to say. Good luck with the Sixers getting a Championship.

Besides the $2 million what drives you to want to be here and play in the The Tournament?

Jason Williams: Me personally, basketball. I love to play. My days are numbered. I don’t have many days left so I have to get it in when I can.

Did you have an enjoyable experience playing with this team?

Jason Williams: For me it was. But obviously losing sucks. You know you can’t win them all and like tonight, I mean I said, they beat us. They out rebounded us. Sommerville wanted it more than anyone on our team you could tell. They hit that shot at the end of the half, that one play tells the story of the game right there.

Are you guys going to be back next year?

Jason Williams: Does a fat hog fart?
Pedro’s Posse GM: If I’m not here I’ll be dead. Which you know…(Laughs) we’ll see what happens.

Is there a plan to add any pieces?

Pedro’s Posse GM: Never show your Ace card homie. We’re going to keep the core entacked. It really all depends man. There’s certain things that may change. But it’s too early to tell right now.

Will Chris Webber get the call?

Pedro’s Posse GM: I called him.
Jason Williams: You got to tweet him.
Pedro’s Posse GM: I’ve got to tweet. But yeah, we’ll take him into some serious consideration. We’ve got to get a couple younger guys too.

Did The Tournament live up to your expectations? 

Jason Williams: Man it definitely lived up to my expectations. Anytime I can play basketball like I said earlier is great. And to put $2 million on the line too, that’s just icing on the cake…I mean I would rather just win the tournament than get the $2 million. I’m playing for the win. The $2 million is just coming along with it.
Williams teammate: Yeah he [Jason Williams] has a lot of money (laughs) the $2 million would’ve been nice.
Williams: It would’ve been nice, but you’ve gotta go back to practice.

Jason, do you hope to get back into the NBA or College basketball at any capacity anytime soon, as far as like coaching?

Williams: You know man, I’m one irresponsible 40-year old. So coaching is out the window…no way. You know I could maybe be an assistant somewhere. But if I’ve got a responsibility to be somewhere at like 3 o’clock tomorrow for practice and someone calls me to go to Augusta and play golf, I’m going to go play golf. So I can’t have that responsibility. So no. But as an assistant, I’ll be there to help. It might be Tuesdays and Thursdays but other than that, I’m good.

To the GM, was Jason responsible for coming to the practices for Pedro’s Posse?

GM: He’s been great man. I can’t ask any more of him. So we’ll leave it at that. He’s been great. Him and Mike [Bibby] but not just them two, everybody….
Jason Williams interrupts: Our whole team man, we got a long great. For not knowing everybody, I wouldn’t trade, you can’t pay for that.
GM: Everyone bought into our philosophy and that’s all that you can ask for. I mean the result on the court wasn’t specifically what we wanted. I take some of the blame for that. But just go back to the drawing board and I can’t ask for anything more out of this group.
Williams adds: Maybe just a rebounder or two…(laughs) I’m just being a wise guy.

Jason, being in Kevin Durant’s shoes would you’ve gone to the Golden State Warriors too?

Williams: Ah man, you can’t put me on Kevin Durant’s level first and foremost. If I was Kevin Durant and that’s what I wanted to do, then that’s what I would’ve done. I wouldn’t have made a decision based on anybody else. Because it seems like he’s done that for 8 or 9 years now. You know you’ve gotta take care of yourself and make yourself happy at the end of the day. I mean all these guys [Charles] Barkley and them talking about oh they wouldn’t have done it, well they was never free agents back in the day…like they didn’t have the choice. Nobody wanted his ass [Barkley] on their team because he was a loser. So that’s what I think about that.

How has life been for you these past couple years of not playing professional basketball?

Jason Williams: It’s tough man. I love my family to death but I’ve still gotta live my life. You know I’ve been gone for 12, 13 years for 6, 7 months at a time during the year and I can only play golf so much you know. I miss playing when the playoffs come around, but I don’t miss all the travel and stuff like that. Because my kids and stuff, I miss Christmas’, first steps, first words, I can’t get those days back man. So I’m still healthy enough to play, lucky enough to play and run around with my kids, so I’m happy with that.

Audio coming soon.

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