3-time NBA champ Scott Williams brings professionalism as coach to NBA D-League

Scott-Williams-2Scott Williams spent his NBA career with Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavs.

He holds career averages of 5.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 16.4 minutes per game. In total, Williams played in 746 NBA games, starting 266.

He played alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He has been coached by legendary Phil Jackson. He has 3 championship rings, and he knows what professionalism really means.

Today, Williams is sharing his knowledge and experience with players in the NBA D-League.

He’s using his immense amount of NBA experience, and knowledge obtained from his playing days, as integral tools in coaching approach.

The NBA D-League has provided Williams with an opportunity to develop as a coach. Williams had some help from the NBA to land a coaching job.

It was his prior relationship with now Portland Trail Blazers head coachTerry Stotts, that helped him find a role with the Idaho Stampede.

Williams played for Stotts in Milwaukee, and asked the coach after he was hired by the Trail Blazers, if there was an opportunity for him in Boise. Stotts thought that it was a fantastic idea for Williams to start his coaching career in the NBADL with the Idaho Stampede, and granted him with a position. Williams is apart of head coach Mike Peck’s staff along with Barry Rohrssen.

When Scott Williams began the year with the Stampede, he embarked on a season as a member of an inexperienced coaching staff, with regard to the NBA D-League.

However, Williams believes that the mix of backgrounds between Peck, Rohrssen, and himself has been key to their team developing along with the staff.

“I’ve been able to teach them about the pro-game a little since they’re coming from the high school and college levels, respectively. It’s been a nice way for us all to learn and grow as coaches,” he told RidiculousUpside.

scott-williams-1As Williams continues to grow as a coach at this level, he has been able to use his ability to teach guys about professionalism, a skill that he once learned from his teammates.

Williams believed his real coaching start began while he was a player, as he assumed a player/coach role in the twilight years of the his career.

“I was kind of a player/coach towards the latter part of my career, because after playing so many years all of sudden, I was playing with guys where I was older than their mothers,” he noted.

Williams’ greatest strength as a coach seems to be his ability to preach professionalism.

“I’m teaching them how to be a pro the way Paxson, Cartwright, and Jordan taught me how to be a professional. I kind of have that relationship because it was what I felt most comfortable doing. Some of these guys, they feel like the young guys I last played with in 2005, like Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavolic in Cleveland,” he said.

Williams, who spent the last 7 seasons working in television as a broadcaster in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Phoenix, is starting to find comfort in his new role.

As a guy who played for legendary coaches such as Dean Smith and Phil Jackson, Williams certainly has the proper and invaluable experiences to draw from, as he continues his coaching journey.

Williams had points in his career where he was held out of games and spent more time sitting rather than playing. The D-League was never really an option for him, so he had to find other alternatives to simulate game situations.

“I remember sitting for 5 games in a row wishing I had more of an opportunity to play in game situations. So I had to push guys like Bill Cartwright, Will Purdue, and Stacey King in practice. Whether it was with a cheap shot elbow, or talking a little trash, I did anything to get them a little more motivated to get me some game-type action. Guys who come to the D-League are getting that,” Williams recalled.

Williams can often be seen participating in drills and providing his large frame as simulated defender in pregame warmups and practice.

Former players turned coaches such as Williams bring undeniable leadership and a sense of uniqueness to the bench, his importance is even greater in a league where player development is the prime goal.


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