It has been nearly 10 years ago since former Duke point guard Jay Williams was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that effectively ended his professional basketball career. And now for the first time, the former No. 2 overall pick has decided to shed some light on his difficult road to recovery in the years following the incident.
From the New York Times:
“I remember lying in my bed,” he said. “And I’m just tired of being here. I didn’t want to be here anymore. I was so afraid to face people. And I didn’t really know who I was. And I didn’t really want anybody to see me. And I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to talk about it.”
Williams glanced at his mother, Althea Williams, as he recounted the story. He continued: “I mean, to the point where I sat there, and I had this pair of scissors in my hand. I just kept going on my wrist. I wasn’t trying to go sideways. I was going vertical. I didn’t want to be here. At all.”
His mother added: “I came in. I saw it. I slept in the room every day after that.”
“That was the lowest point in my life,” Williams said. “And if I had more time, if the scissors weren’t dull, I think I would have followed through with it. I can’t say for sure. But I was leaning toward that.”
Williams, 31, sustained a total knee dislocation in the accident, as well as a disclocated pelvis, a torn nerve in his left foot, a severed artery, and a torn hamstring from the bone. The former NCAA champion has had over 10 surgical procedures on his injured leg since that fateful crash in June 2003.
Now, Williams currently works as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, a position he has held since 2004.
The former Naismith National Player of the Year averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 assists for the Chicago Bulls in his rookie season. That 2002 campaign turned out to be his one and only season in the NBA.
He attempted a comeback in 2006, but never managed to return to the elite player he was before the accident.
Via New York Times