Friday, April 27, 2007

Former Hoya Williams at home on NBA TV
By – Jim Williams
The Examiner


Former Georgetown great Jerome Williams has found a home on NBA TV as color analyst for the NBA Playoffs.

Williams is a natural and a great addition to an already strong cast of analysts.

He loves his role and gets to join another former Georgetown great Patrick Ewing on the NBA TV playoffs coverage. I spoke to him this week about the playoffs and also the success of his Alma matter.

Williams on how the inside game has changed. ‘The battle of the big men in the NBA is gone at least for the moment. We have a far more wide open game where we see power forwards playing in the center role. The Mavs Dirk Nowitzki is a prime example of that change in roles. The other big thing we are seeing in the playoffs is the stars coming to play, look at what the Baltimore-Washington duo of Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson did to steal game one for the Nuggets over the Spurs, having the stars show brightly in the playoffs is what makes the NBA so great at this time of year.’

Williams on his participation in ‘Basketball without boarders:’ ‘I have been all over the world and it is amazing where you find kids playing. I saw young kids in Africa playing on the hard ground and playing with the same love and knowledge of the game as you would see on any play ground here in the US. It was very exciting.’

Williams on the return of Georgetown to a national power: ‘the most fun I had watching the Hoyas this year was sitting next to Patrick Ewing, I can tell you it was a real joy seeing those kids playing so well and bringing Georgetown back to a national power. It was almost as much fun listening to Patrick the parent cheering on his son that was special.’

Williams is a great addition to an already star studded cast making NBA TV must see TV for pro hoop fans from now till a champion is crowned. The channel can be seen on Comcast and Cox digital cable.

NBA TV will present NBA Vault: The Playoffs, an hour-long special that will look at many of the greatest postseason plays and moments in NBA history on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Rick Kamla, this ultimate highlight show will introduce Top 10 lists in categories such as Playoff Upsets, Dunks, Buzzer Beaters and Blocks as well as the Top 10 playoff moments by players such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

Here is a preview of the Buzzer Beaters segment:

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