Ted Williams Rumors

On the day Ray Williams passed away, was it karma or coincidence Micheal Ray Richardson was on the Knicks’ scene Friday night at Air Canada Centre? The Knicks drafted Williams with the 10th pick in 1977 to be Walt Frazier’s successor. Williams and backcourt mate Richardson were supposed to lead the Knicks back to the promised land. Last night, the Garden held a moment of silence for Williams and original Knick, Bud Palmer. Never worked out that way. “I’m real sad,’’ Richardson told The Post Friday night while watching the Knicks beat the Raptors. “He and I were like brothers.’’ Williams died yesterday after battling colon cancer at Sloane Kettering Hospital at age 58. Richardson is living in Canada, coaching the nearby London Lightning of the NBL, and had stopped by to visit his former teammates, Knicks coach Mike Woodson and assistant Darrell Walker.
Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice whose viral YouTube video turned him in a national sensation last week, is entering rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, according to the Dr Phil Show. Williams agreed to enter the private facility following a one-on-one interview with the show’s star that will air tomorrow on the syndicated show. Williams, whose velvety voice drew job offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers and NFL Films, is checking himself into rehab “due in part to (his) strange behavior over the past several days, which culminated in a physical altercation with one of his daughters at a Hollywood hotel,” said the show in a statement Wednesday.
Williams was scheduled to make a Today Show appearance on Thursday and was rumored to do Jimmy Fallon Thursday night. Williams sounded moved and humble every time he was quoted Thursday. He also credited God for sticking with him. There was no word if he accepted the Cavaliers offer for a job. Details of the offer were being worked out, a team spokesman said. Marek told reporters at Quicken Loans Arena at the team’s game against Toronto Wednesday night that the team acted because it felt it was doing what was right, but would investigate Williams’ record.
Wednesday morning, the job offers started flooding in. NFL Films, MTV, talent agents and talk shows tried to find him. Columbus radio station WNCI put him on the air first thing Wednesday morning, and — interestingly — had a woman named Tracy from the Cleveland Cavaliers ready to talk to him. Tracy — who is Cavs vice president of marketing Tracy Marek — offered Williams a job with the team doing voice-overs and even said the team would help pay the mortgage. Williams blubbered at his good fortune. Show host Dave Kaelin wrote on the station’s website and on Twitter that Thursday was “maybe the best day of my career.”
The homeless man with the “golden radio voice” wanted a second chance — and did he ever get it. As soon as Ted Williams, a panhandler who became an online hit after video of him begging on an Ohio roadside was posted to the Internet, appeared on a local radio show this morning the offers began pouring in — including a dream job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a free house. “The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!,” repeated a stunned Williams, 71, on local radio station WNCI.