Yes, Jason Williams wound up carving out a 12-year NBA career and even won an NBA championship as a key role player on the 2006 Miami Heat, but for most of us, he’ll always be “White Chocolate,” the ball-handling wizard whose daring passes animated the Sacramento Kings from 1998 through 2001 and helped spark some of the most fun-filled NBA basketball in recent memory. Oddly, or perhaps appropriately, the most iconic moment of Williams’ freewheeling early years in Northern California came during not during “real” play but rather in the 2000 Rookie Game, when he drove down on a fast break, dribbled around his back with his left hand and hit the ball with his right elbow, sending it back to a lane-filling Raef LaFrentz (who, sadly, couldn’t finish the play with a score).
While Williams became a steady set-initiating veteran contributor on teams of consequence, the often ill-advised but also-inarguable panache of his youth made him seem like a perfect exhibition player, someone you’d much rather pay to see do cool stuff in a game specifically designed for that purpose rather than properly throw an entry pass to Shaquille O’Neal on the block. Now, at age 37, more than a decade after he first surprised Raef, he’s doing just that:
This clip comes from the recent 2013 NBA Legends Tour, in which former stars like Williams, Tracy McGrady and Gary Payton joined rising prospect Aquille Carr and other players to run against local players for Chinese fans. Last summer, it was Williams hooking Scottie Pippen up with an elbow feed in the Philippines; this year, he’s dropping Dusty Rhodes dimes in China. Where he goes next is anybody’s guess, but we know this much is true: “White Chocolate” barnstorming his way around the globe and elbowing passes to random dudes we either know or don’t know feels an awful lot like the fulfillment of destiny. More, please.