Maurice Williams: "I'm enjoying basketball for the first time since my rookie season"
You were an unrestricted free agent this summer and signed a six-year, $51.5 million contract with the Bucks. With more money, is there more pressure on you?
Maurice Williams: I think the pressure is off. I’m just free. I’m just playing basketball now. Instead of more pressure, there’s less pressure.
MW: You know what? Actually, I haven’t. I haven’t bought anything yet. Will I buy myself something in the future? Possibly. A strong possibility. But right now, I have the same things I had before I signed that contract.
MW: Nothing particular. That’s why I haven’t gotten anything yet. But I’m sure something will come up.
MW: You never know, but you put your faith in God and put it in his hands. Your destiny is already written. All you have to do is let nature take its course. I was just myself. I continued to work hard to get better every day. But I knew I was good. I knew I could be this kind of player. I knew I could be in this position.
MW: It’s been difficult, but fortunately for me, none of those coaches really tried to change my game. I don’t do a lot of off-the-wall type things. Right now, everything is great. I’m really enjoying basketball for the first time since my rookie season in Utah.
MW: I really admire Gary Payton. He’s my all-time favorite player. I’m also a big fan of Jason Kidd. Both of those guys do a lot of things on the floor. They just don’t score; they rebound, they defend and they get their teammates the ball.
MW: I’ll let them say what they want to say. I’m a basketball player. When I’m on the floor, I’m always trying to find ways to help my team win however that may be.
MW: It’s fine. It’s just part of the game, part of training camp. You get banged up. This is the most physical action I’ve had since last season, so the shoulder hasn’t had that physical element since then.
MW: Oh, he’s a good player. He’s a good student of the game. He’s knowledgeable. He’s going to grow into a good player.
MW: He can shoot the ball. He can really spread the court by how well he shoots the ball. And he works hard.
MW: Not yet. But it’s coming.
Gery Woelfel covers the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA for The Racine (Wis.) Journal Times
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