(CBS) In the New York Times’ in-depth feature story on Jay Williams, a hidden gem from Michael Jordan exists.
The piece, written by Greg Bishop, discusses how Williams dreamed of being drafted by the Bulls. The young Williams wanted to take over where Jordan left off and be the city’s next super star.
And then Williams faced Jordan, who was playing for the Wizards.
Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
Williams wanted the Bulls to draft him, wanted to follow Jordan, whose locker had sat empty until Williams took it and ratcheted up already enormous expectations. Fans screamed his name while he walked the streets. He drove down Interstate 90, where his face filled a billboard. And he thought to himself, “You made it.”
In his rookie season, Williams played against Jordan, who was then with the Washington Wizards. Jordan went at Williams on several consecutive possessions. Each time, Jordan told Williams how he would score—first over the left shoulder, then fake over the left shoulder and shoot over the right, and so forth—and each time, Jordan scored exactly as he said he would.