Former NBA All-Star and New Jersey Storm owner Jayson Williams met with members of the media this afternoon to offer his thoughts on life in the National Lacrosse League, and his newest venture in the sports world.
Currently half-way through their inaugural season the New Jersey Storm have gotten to a rough start at 1-7 but Williams is still just as enthused and excited about his team as he was on day one.
"I love this game and I am going to continue to, Williams said. "This is the best thing I?ve seen in the Meadowlands in a long time."
Although they have not had sell-out crowds thus far, Williams is however satisfied to see the attendance grow and plans on doing more grassroots events to spread the word about the team around the tri-state area.
"We are going to get back to our grassroots because people have not heard about lacrosse in this area," Williams said, We are going back into the malls, high schools and corporations to spread the word."
One of the highest points for the team this season has been the television coverage. With all three of the organization?s home games on television (CNN/SI and Fox Sports Net) and a full season of radio broadcasts, Williams has been rather pleased with the coverage.
"We have received the same ratings as the [New Jersey] Devils on Fox Sports New York," Williams explained.
Perhaps the thing that Williams is proudest about is the fact that he has been able to successfully put forth a first-class organization. With sneaker contracts, a regulation NLL field in his backyard, a customized coach team bus and a 10-bed room house in West Orange, NJ, for his players to live in, the Storm owner continues to run a first rate franchise.
The Storm return home to the Continental Airlines Arena this Sunday at 1pm when they play host to the 2001 National Lacrosse League Champion Philadelphia Wings.
In other news Williams is also hooping it up for kids with his "All For One" basketball team because although Williams may be retired from the NBA, no one can keep him from the game he loves. Williams also discussed with the media, his plans for his new traveling basketball team, "All for One." The team plays its first game against the Readington Men?s All-Star Team at Hunterdon Central Regional High School Fieldhouse in Flemington, New Jersey on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. All proceeds will be distributed to two children who are suffering from serious illnesses: Matthew Ferguson, 5 (Flemington), and Theresa Pagano, 16 (Readington Township). The game is sponsored by the New Jersey Storm and the Jayson Williams Foundation.
Williams announced that he will be on the roster not only as a coach, but a player as well. In addition to Williams, former NBA players Walter Berry, Eric Murdock, and Lloyd Daniels have already joined the team. Other players expected to play on January 28 include Kevin Morris, Vladi Cuk, Rob Phelps, John McPartland, Andre Reyes, Kent Culuko, and Terance Skyrm.
In addition to the exhibition games, the team is also planning to hold four camps in the tri-state area to raise funds for both the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Michael J. Fox?s Parkinson Disease Foundation, two charities for which Williams has raised substantial amounts of money in the past. Williams is known for his philanthropy throughout the world and will receive the prestigious Thurman Munson Award on January 31 in New York, recognizing his work with numerous charitable activities.
For information on "All For One," call the Jayson Williams Foundation at (908) 429-0300.