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Mo Williams: Back with the Jazz, back in the saddle

Published July 3, 2012 1:10 pm

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Mo Williams smiled at the reporter who asked him whether or not he would live in the same apartment he had during his first stint with the Utah Jazz.

"No," came the direct answer with a sharp laugh. "I have a growing family. We wouldn't fit in that apartment anymore."

Williams, whom the Jazz traded for late last week, was introuduced as Utah's starting point guard, with Devin Harris poised to be shipped out of town for Atlanta's Marvin Williams.

Mo Williams is one of those Kevin O'Connor second round finds, those diamonds late in the draft that have become the Jazz' calling card.

He now has four childeren, with a fifth child on the way. His money is much longer than it used to be. He spoke to media members on Tuesday in a calm and confident manner.

This is the more mature, more stable Mo Williams. The Jazz hope he can get into the lane, score, and spread the floor with his 3-point shooting prowress.

Utah management hopes Williams can finish his career in a Utah uniform. The Jazz brass hopes for leadership and stability, amongst what looks to be a treacherous Western Conference next season.

This Mo Williams has the experience of playing with superstars such as LeBron James and Chris Paul. This Mo Williams has a decade in the NBA.

Will it be better than the rookie who came to the Jazz out of Alabama in the 2003 draft? We should all be finding out in about five months.

Tony Jones