Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz Notes
Jazz Reporters
Aaron Falk, Tony Jones and Steve Luhm cover the Utah Jazz and the NBA for The Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune on Twitter - Aaron Falk: @tribjazz, Steve Luhm: @sluhm, Tony Jones: @Tjonessltrib

» Jazz section

» E-mail Aaron Falk

» E-mail Steve Luhm

» E-mail Tony Jones

» Subscribe (RSS)




(Lennie Mahler | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jazz point guard Mo Williams arrives at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday, July 2, 2012.
Interview: Mo Williams on re-joining Utah Jazz, Devin Harris trade, new start

Mo Williams was dressed down.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Baggy red T-shirt. Loose black shorts. New Orleans Saints hat. Simple, cool and easy. Like he'd just got off a flight — which he had.

Williams officially re-arrived in Salt Lake City on Monday evening, joined by Jazz CEO Greg Miller at SLC International while meeting the local media for the first time since being part of a four-team trade the day after the 2012 NBA Draft.

For five minutes, Williams calmly answered questions, speaking in a quiet but confident voice and proudly discussing his return to the Jazz. Then he was off, driving away with Miller and soon taking a picture of downtown SLC.

Williams on his thoughts when he heard there was a possibility he could return to Utah, and general manager Kevin O'Connor's statement that not matching Milwaukee's offer sheet in 2004 was the worst mistake he ever made: I know he says that a lot. But at the same time, I think that I was a young basketball player at the time. Obviously, he made a decision he thought was best for the organization and that's one thing. Like I said, I never had a bad taste in my mouth about the organization. I always respected them because they gave me a shot. I watched 30 teams pass on me in the first round in 2003. … I always had a part in my heart for the Jazz and I'm glad I'm able to come back and prove my worth to them.

Some saying he held up the trade to the Jazz: Obviously, I'm happy to be back. My agent, he's there to guide me in the right direction in those situations. Because I feel like if it's up to every player, we'll accept the first offer that's on the table. Everything sounds good to a young man that's in a great situation — to provide for their family. But an agent's job is to be kind of, 'Hey. Let's think about this, let's think about that.' You let them do their job. I was just kind of patient and it went through.

The Devin Harris trade making him Utah's starting point guard: Like I said, I'm very excited about a new start for me and a second homecoming. With the [Harris] trade, I don't know much about it. I just want to say that guys like Al [Jefferson], Paul [Millsap] — all those guys like Al from the same hometown. So, I'm excited about this year. I'm excited about the roster. I'm excited about the organization. One thing I can say is, this organization has been high on my priority list for a long time. I've always respected them from afar. So I'm happy to be back and be a part of it again.

Re-joining the Jazz marking a new era in his career: I agree. With the youth on this team, I think it's a good mix. We can say youth, but I don't think we're that young. The rookies that we've got, they're young. But we've got a good mix of guys like Al, Paul, those guys. They've got experience in this league and they've played at a high level for years. We don't expect that to stop this upcoming season.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Twitter


Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
 
Jobs
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.