Frederic Weis attempted suicide in 2008

On the morning that Frédéric Weis tried to kill himself, he dreamed about owning a beach house. A beach house had been Weis’s dream for a long time. In France, in Spain, in Greece — wherever his career took him as a 7-foot-2 professional basketball player. He liked the sand, he liked the surf. A beach house was a good dream. But on that day, in January 2008, the dream did not make him smile. Weis got into his car in Bilbao, Spain, around 10 a.m. and began the drive here, to this small city in west-central France best known for its production of fine china. He was on his way to see his wife and son. About 90 minutes into the drive, Weis suddenly pulled over at a rest area near Biarritz, a French town not far from the border.


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Tim MacMahon: Dirk Nowitzki on Kobe Bryant retiring: It’s disappointing. A lot of these warriors that were drafted in the ’90s are slowly fading away. And it’s obviously toward the end for us all. It’s a little sad. But I’m happy for him that he made that decision for himself. It could lift a little weight off his shoulder. To me, he’s probably the greatest player I’ve faced. And I’ve faced some great players with Tim Duncan and Shaq and all these guys. But he was something else, just scoring-wise, the shot-making ability was incredible. I was always a big fan. But it’s disappointing that we’re all getting old.”
Of course, so did the opportunity to play for Sloan to start his career. Williams regrets how that relationship ended, staining his reputation for the rest of his career. “Sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me,” Williams said. “You know, some of those days, I wish I could have controlled them, but I was young, hot-headed and just wanted to win. I’m a lot more mellow now, I think sometimes to a fault. The situation in Utah and how the media reacted kind of took my passion away, my fire away a little bit, because it’s like I couldn’t be who I was. I got into it with Coach [Sloan] maybe a couple of times. I’ve seen him get into it with a lot of guys a lot worse, but it happened that he decided to step down after one of our arguments. So of course, it’s my fault. It’s just something that you’ve got to live with, you have to take.”
Carlisle says he admires Williams’ humility and enthusiasm for the situation with the Mavs. However, he doesn’t agree with Williams’ description of himself as mellow to a fault. “Categorically in my mind, he’s an edgy competitor. Look, I can’t speak for what happened in Brooklyn or New Jersey or Utah, but with us, he’s been a terrific competitor and a terrific team guy,” said Carlisle, who considers health the most important issue for the 31-year-old Williams and has appreciated the point guard’s professionalism.

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