Williams, who needs no introduction to Trail Blazers fans, was the team’s power forward from 1989-96 and helped lead Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 as Western Conference Champions. Williams, 50, is the team’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (55.0%), ranks fourth in rebounds (4,861), seventh in games played (557) and ninth in minutes played (17,130). A hard-nosed, physical player, Williams’ streak of 196 consecutive games played is the third longest in franchise history.
One of nine players in NBA history to amass 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds, the three-time All-Star and 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year also played for New Jersey and New York during his 17-year NBA career.
Local paper, the Gresham Outlook, says Williams belongs there, despite his history with Coach McMillan:
As players, Williams and McMillan battled for seven seasons in the Northwest – Williams for the Blazers, McMillan for the rival Seattle SuperSonics. They shared a warrior mentality and a home state. Williams is from Rocky Mount, N.C., 56 miles from Raleigh, McMillan’s hometown and where he played his college ball at North Carolina State.
“I’ve kidded him so much about how often Maryland has whipped N.C. State, I can’t believe he actually hired me,” Williams says with a laugh.
(Via Testudo Times)