Eric Williams, never a superstar as an NBA player, found new fame as the husband of one of the characters (and we do mean “characters”) on the VH1 reality show Basketball Wives.
In fact, a cynic might say that feeling this good is downright criminal.
“I feel like O.J. Simpson when he was found not guilty in his first trial; I’m free,” Williams said, sitting on the front stoop of a home in Harlem.
Williams was a versatile scorer on seven teams, including two stints with the Celtics, in his 12 NBA seasons. The Newark, N.J., native averaged 12.9 points in his first two seasons in Boston before he was traded in 1997 to Denver, where he was slowed by injuries. He returned to Boston in a 1999 deal that involved Ron Mercer going to the Nuggets.
The 38-year-old does not appear to be slowed by retirement.
“I’m drinking my O.E.,” he said, raising a bottle of Olde English, “chillin’ with my mentor, chillin’ in Harlem. What else can it be?”
He’s also learned a lesson, he tells the man behind the camera. It’s not clear what that lesson is, but he seems to believe it was a lesson. So if it works for him, it works for us.
“Also, wise enough to know what not to do with the second trial and stay free,” Williams added.
Life is still good.
Takeru Kobayashi has to decide “Whether he’s the Che Guevara of gurgitation or the Kenny Powers of power eating.”
-Nathan’s Famous promoter Rich Shea, via Deadspin, on Kobayashi’s physical absence from the annual hot dog eating contest Monday.
How could we ever forget Nova Scotia Day? (There’s such a thing as “Nova Scotia Day”?)
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