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Homicide Article, Interview and Clip

BT - September 30, 2006

Coming out of one of the top High Schools in NYC (Rice) Corey Williams journey to D1 basketball wasn’t an easy one. Over shadowed by players like Gary Saunders, Chudney Grey and Bevon Robin, Corey’s only option was Penn Valley Community College in Kansas. Bitter at this Corey made a list of goals before his sophomore year, he accomplished all but one. He made first team All-American and averaged 20 plus points per game only to lose in the championship game by 2 points. .

The following year Corey enrolled at Alabama State were he averaged 15 points per game and went into his senior year confident he was NBA bound. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way as Alabama State faced one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the NCAA. Loss after loss the coach opted to go with a younger squad leaving Corey averaging 10 points per game off the bench and his NBA dreams fading away.

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The following year he found himself back in NYC playing streetball,…. there he made another list.
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On that list were NYC finest. Rich Parker, Charles Jones, Kareem Reid, Poodah the Gangsta, Lamont Jones, Shane the Dribbling Machine, Reggie Freeman, Mike Campbell. Corey new the only way to get any street cred was to destroy these guys. He started off in Manhattan killing the best players in every park and was picked up by Future were they travelled down the East Coast playing Streetball Events in sold out Gyms. He was getting 40 everywhere he went, D.C, Baltimore, VA, North Carolina, at one stage his name was bigger out of state. Back in NY Corey’s legacy had only begun and as his confidence grew so did his street cred. Gun Hill, West forth, EBC, Dyckman, Forrest, Kingdome, 96th Street Y, Pro Rucker, Hunter College Nike Pro Am. No place was safe. In a game at West Fourth vs Brooklyn United he dropped 52 on Smush Parker, Rockin Ray and Vinnie Vegas who all took turns guarding him, he scored 36 in two and a half quarters on Reggie Freeman and Adrian Autry at Hunter Pro-Am and in his second game he played at Rucker, Corey had 34 on the two time defending champs “The Posse” which had star Bevon “Eye of the Tiger” Robin. It was there he was given the nickname “Homicide” by the commentator Hannibal. Besides the countless 40 plus games the most memorable that summer was against Richie Parker aka Mr. Incredible. Unfortunately Richie who was the hottest thing in NY at the time took Homicide too lightly and ended up having 47 put on him in front of team mates Jamaal Tinsley and Poodah the Gangsta. Something he probably regrets to this day. The following summer Homicide was gone.

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Moving to Denver with his wife, Corey decided to focus on his Pro career. In the winter he played in the USBL and in Brazil were he averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. After missing the 02 summer season in NY due to the birth of his daughter Izabella Corinna Williams, Corey played in Spain and returned to NY in the summer of 03. That year Corey “Homicide” Williams dominated the EBC. Don Diva flew him back and forth from Denver to NY and every week he dropped his 30. It didn’t matter who was in front of him. He couldn’t be stopped.

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2004 was another great year, Corey had picked up the name “The Most Dangerous player in the EBC” and his team “Don Diva” made the playoffs for the first time. Going into the playoffs the competitions coach Tony Rosa wasn’t about to take any risks. They already had Antifreeze, Kurt Stinson, Baby Shaq and the Brain but they needed someone to guard Homicide. Someone like Ron Artest the NBA’s defensive player of the year. Unfazed by this Homicide went to work scoring from everywhere. Despite being ripped and blocked a few times Corey was relentless on attack and on one play left Ron crossed at the dotted line while he drove and dunked in the lane. After a time out Ron’s team regrouped and finished off winning the game. Despite losing the game by 2 points Corey finished with 26 and most importantly was named The 2004 EBC MVP because of it.

Playing in China for the Henan RenHe Dragons the following winter all Homicide could do was think about streetball. Having picked up Slam Streetball issue, Dime and a couple of DVD’s he found no mention of his name. This only fueled his fire and swore he would destroy everyone in his return. The first game of the EBC season saw himself up against the Ruff Ryders which featured Dahntay Jones, J.R. Smith, Kenny Satterfield, Cross Country, John Stickland and Alimoe. After being verbally assaulted by Alimoe a week before at Dyckman Homicide swore he would end his career. He told anybody that would listen. “There’s gona be a death in Harlem”. This was a highly anticipated game with the amount of All-Star players and it being aired on NBA TV. Everybody who was anybody was there. Homicide finished with 48 points, Alimoe fouled out with 6. There wasn’t a player on their roster that could stop him. He scored in every way possible.

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2005 was a stand out year for Homicide, not only was he named the EBC MVP for the second year running but he was also getting attention from scouts and an NBA assistant coach by the name of Jim Todd. The Raptor assistant made a trip down to Dyckman to see Homicide play against Powerful Inc, the top team in the league at the time. Boasting players like Fabulous, The Problem, DP and one of NYC best defenders in Crabby, “Homicide” had his work cut out for him. Unfazed by the situation Corey put on a show scoring 30 in the first half. Next thing you know Corey’s at Raptors Vet camp competing for a spot. For Corey the spot he was going for was never a definite. After beating out Robert Pack and Tierre Brown it all came down to a doctors decision in whether or not to clear Alvin Williams fit for the season. After a spectacular pre-season performance against the NJ Nets were he scored 10 points in 9 minutes in an overtime victory Corey was cut and Alvin Williams was cleared.

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After being released by from the Raptors Corey was drafted by the Austin Toros of the NBDL. Not happy with the situation he left to play for the Sioux Falls of the CBA were he finished first team all-defense and second team All-CBA. Ranked number six in minor league basketball by probasketballnews.com he also had the most triple-doubles in minor leagues this season.

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So what now for Corey “Homicide” Williams? I caught up with him to find out.
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BT. First up I just want to say thanks, I know you’ve got a lot on your plate at the moment so I appreciate you taking the time out to answer some questions.
Homicide: Thanks for allowing me to speak the gospel of real true Streetball on the other side of the globe. I want people to be educated, know, and truly understand that there is a difference between real streetball and that other bullshit streetball. I feel right now I am in a good enough situation to be the one to differentiate the difference and have people really listen.

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BT: The And1 Mixtape tour rolled through Denver this summer, how did you get involved with that?
Homicide: My good friend is Mike Ellis. He’s the head coach of the Mixtape tour team which picks the players from the open run, the team circus was on. They usually lose and the main And1 players always talkin shit to him like they are really that good. I respect every body as ball players, but what i dont respect is players who act like they are all that and they arent. i dont like And1 beacause its Globetrotter basketball man, and what really pisses me off is that their promoted as the best streetball players in the world!!! are you serious? are they serious? they can’t be serious with that motto.

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BT: So what happened in that game?
Homicide: Like i said i respect their hustle, i mean thats their jobs, do your thing and get paid, but dont act like your the best streetball players in the world, because thats when i come in and have to let people know what the real is…. Anyway, so they are on tour saying you can’t get nobody to come on tour and beat us. Mike he says oh yeah? He said imma call my man to play, they said who? he said HOMICIDE! aint nobody say shit……….. Then one of em said, bring em.. Thats all I needed to hear. They didnt even know I lived in Denver so when I showed up to the hotel the night before the game, some of the players were in the hotel lobby hanging out, they saw me and was like “whats up Homicide, what are you doing here?” all nervous n shit. I said “I’m chillin, I came to see Mike man.” Next question of course was “Are you playing tomorrow?” I was like nah, I just came to see Mike. Those guys in that lobby were fukin nervous as hell man, fuckin scared yo…. next day we played and we beat their asses by 24 points, the worst ass whippin in the history of the And1 Mixtape Tour….. Due to frustration Main Event yells and curses out the refs and they refused to call the game, but the game must go on, so Main Event comes to me and says each player call their own fouls. I say my team dont wanna get hurt so if theres a really ruff foul we will quit. He said we are not gonna play like that (they foul people on purpose in those games) we gonna play real ball!!! key words REAL BALL (note: thats not what AND1 does, they play bullshit trick basketball so i knew we had them), we beat they asses by 24 points man! we were dunkin shakin and just out playin them in every aspect of the game, simple domination, is what happened!!!

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The tour wasn’t the same after that game. They were silent everytime they saw Mike. They even had a meeting within the organization, they even started bitchin and sayin how did Mike get Homicide to play. They even said Mike flew Homicide in to play. Homicide dosen’t live in Denver. You mean to tell me that 1 player fucked up a whole tour? That’s the impact of real streetball……….

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BT: Apart from the And1 Game we didn’t see much of you this summer. What else have you been up to as far as streetball?
Homicide: This summer i played summer league with the Indiana Pacers. I also worked out for the Boston Celtics, all were good experiences and it helped me grow more and more as a player..

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BT. The Nuggets Training camp starts next week for you, How have you prepared for this?
Homicide: I’ve been working out with the Nuggets since may, i didnt have an off season at all, just work work work! i feel great, my body feels good and i’m on top of my game right now. There’s a spot open and god willing i will be there come November the 2nd vs the Clippers, i will be in that Nuggets uniform on TNT.

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BT. What do you think you need to do to make the team?
Homicide: What people have to understand is that it has nothing to do with me scoring 30-40 points because they have Melo for that. It’s about me playing defense, creating scoring opportuinies for my teammates, being a teamplayer, showing I can run an offense, show leadership and showing that i am here to work hard everyday, be the first in the gym and the last one out the gym, show i can push the ball and run n gun like they do in Phoenix because that is how they wanna play here in Denver, and hope things fall my way. Thats what i have to do.

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BT: I hear your about to sign a signature shoe deal, can you tell us more about that?
Homicide: For all my friends out there and fans. I have some great news for you. I just signed a multi-year shoe endorsement deal with a company called K1X. They are the company based in Germany who also signed Sacramento Kings Forward Ron Artest last year. I want you to know that i am the first streetball player ever to sign a “signature endorsement shoe deal”. I am also the first player ever to sign an exclusive shoe endorsement deal whos not in the NBA. this deal is soley based off of streetball. My shoe will be in stores fall 2007 in Foot Locker, Finish Line and Eastbay for starters. I also have a “Homicide and Team 187″ clothing line with the company. The line consists of Tee Shirts, Hoop shorts, New Era Authentic fitted hats, Hoodies and Crew Neck Sweaters. This all has happened through the grace of god, extremely hard work and never giving up. I thank him for it all as well as the opportunity to go to training camp with the Denver Nuggets in October.

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BT: Any last words?
Homicide: Don’t let anyone tell you streetball is bullshit. I’m living proof you can capitalize off of streetball kid!!!!. Look out for my line next year as well as those double page ads in Slam, Dime, Vibe, and Bounce magaines. Also look out for my other brand T.Y.O.T.U. (The Year Of The Underdog). I am T.Y.O.T.U. We all are. If you have ever been an underdog, doubted by many, given up on, talked bad about, well this is you, an UNDERDOG, thats why you always have to prove people wrong and work hard and show them you can do it, you can achieve whatever you desire regardless if the chips are stacked against you. its not just in basketball, its in life. I am T.Y.O.T.U are you?

BX ALL DAY BABY!!!!
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This Clip contains highlights from the 2006 And1 Mixtape Tour, various EBC summer games and the 48 point effort against Ruff Ryders in the first game of the 2005 EBC season.

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