Bits from Marvin Williams Interview, 1/9
Do you see yourself as a long-term member of the Utah Jazz?
I love, love, love being in Salt Lake. I love playing for the Jazz. From the moment I got traded here, man, I really have enjoyed myself. Now, obviously the NBA is a business and I do understand that. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.
But if it was my choice, without a doubt I’d be wearing a Utah Jazz uniform next year. So, hopefully things work out for the better, and hopefully I am able to return here next year…I hope I can continue to be here long term.
On being a complementary player
You know, my whole career, you know, I’ve always been a piece. You know, I’ve never really been the guy, on any team I’ve ever played on in my whole life, you know, outside of high school. But, heck, even still on my high school team I was a piece of the team. So, I’ve always enjoyed being a piece.
You know, when I was in Atlanta, I was a piece of that core group that was down there for very, for so long, and you know, here in Utah I’m a piece of the puzzle as well. So I’ve never minded.
The only issue is when you are drafted so high, you know, guys kinda expect a lot more from you. They want you to be the guy. But you know, I can’t say I’ve ever been comfortable being the guy. I’ve never asked to be the guy. I’ve just always enjoyed being a piece of what is going on, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job just kinda playing my role.
Were you surprised by how quickly you were able to come back from Achilles’ surgery?
I have to be 100 percent honest, man. I was a little surprised I was able to come back as soon as I did. When I had the surgery, the doctor told me it would be four to six months, and he thought it would be closer to six months…He was kinda shooting for December/January, kind of around this time, actually, he thought I would be back playing games.
But you know what? I kept my faith in God the whole summer, man, and you know, He definitely healed me, and He got me back to where I needed to be, and I’m thankful to be a part of this team right now.
On his mask
I kinda like the mask, though. You know, I hated it at first, man. I was so mad at Derrick [Favors] for like three weeks for breaking my nose. But you know, it wasn’t his fault, man. He was just playing hard. But I hated the mask at first. I hated it. But then I got a custom mask…and it doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t notice it at all…
I think I’m gonna wear it at least for the rest of the season. At least for the rest of the season. I’ve spent so much time in it and I became comfortable in it now to the point where if I don’t have it on, I’m uncomfortable in the game [if] I don’t have it on. So I don’t like having that on my mind. So I think for the rest of the season I will keep it on and then I’ll kinda [get] used to playing without it again this summer.
On getting his degree
I’m about to graduate, hopefully at the end of the summer, so I’ll be excited to have my degree under my belt…[Degree] could be African-American studies, it could be sociology. But either way, I’m close to getting it in either one, so I’m pretty excited about that…
Obviously going to school for one year, I had a long road ahead of me. But you know, it’s looking like 10 summers later, I’m gonna finish it. (1280)