With the European basketball season ending and the NYC streetball summer fast approaching sb.net caught up with Corey Williams to see whats new with the man they call “Homicide”
BT: What’s up Corey, thanks for dropping by to answer some questions…
Homicide: Thanks for granting me the interview Brad,
BT: 2007 was a great year for you, you played your first season in the NBDL and helped your team the Dakota Wizards to a championship. How does that rank up there with your most memorable basketball moments?
Homicide: The most memorable moment for me was winning that championship simply because of this, for me to have built and honed my skills on the playground as well as dominating the playground scene since 2000, critics tend to doubt you ability on a Pro Level. So for me to not only be the starting PG, but win a championship, it definitely helped me silence a lot of doubters. It was definitely a huge accomplishment.
BT: You also played your first season in the Australian NBL for the Townsville Croc’s. You were an Allstar and narrowly missed out on the League MVP, how do you feel the season went for you?
Homicide: God is good man, Ive finally found a situation that really appreciates me and my style of play all the way around. Individually had a very good year. I was the only player to be Top Ten in points, steals, and assists in the whole league. We lost to go to the Semi-Finals, I like the league, its very competitive and the guys play hard, its also up tempo which fits my stlye of play. Last month I happily came to terms with my club the Townsville Crocodiles and signed a 2year deal. Im ready to have an even better year and hopefully win a championship.
BT: You’re currently playing for Cibona in Croatia, how’s the season going for you?
Homicide: Its crazy as hell here man, they warned me but its a good experience i believe every player if they have the chance should go through this, the coach is crazy, theres 1 player who curse out the coach whenever he wants, and he starts and still gets heavy playing time. The whole team argues with the coach when he tells them anything. It’s total opposite of the states, but this is European basketball i guess. None the less, with all that said, we are 1 game away from the finals. Go figure
BT: Will you be returning to Cibona next season?
Homicide: I won’t be returning to Cibona next season. When my season is over in Australia next year, there’s usually a lot of replacement jobs in the world where you can finish the rest of the season in either Europe, Puerto Rico. It really depends on who needs a PG at that specific time.
BT: What do you want to do once you’ve stopped played professional basketball?
Homicide: In 2000, I graduated from Alabama States University with a degree in Criminal Justice, with a specialization in Juvenile Justice field. To some capacity i really want to work with the youth in my community. I feel as a ball player, whether NBA, NBDL, Professionally International, College or even High School, we are all role models. Kids look up to us all. If we all take responsibility and give back, the world would be a better place, our urban communities would be a better place. We often dream of getting rich and never give back. There would be more positivity in the hood and thats where the dreams all begin.
BT: In 2006 you sat out the summer on the blacktop but you bounced back in 2007. Can we expect to see you back this year?
Homicide: Playground basketball is in my blood, expect to see me all over the NYC playgrounds baby!!
BT: Who will you be playing for and what tournaments will you be playing at?
Homicide: Watson and H.I.T.S. in the BX, Pro City at Hunter College. Gun Hill Classic, EBC, Dykman, Dog Show, and Kingdome of course.
BT: Your team mate Larry Williams has been doing his thing out west recently with the Ballin for Peace Tour and the ABA, any chance he’ll be back collecting bones in NYC this summer?
Homicide: I’m not sure where BC is going to be this summer, id love to see him next to me in the back court, because till this day, no one wud want to see that back court in streetball!!
BT: Last summer you had beef with A-Butta, what was your take on that whole situation?
Homicide: Its wasn’t beef at all Trust me. To be honest with you, it really wasn’t a big deal. Streetball society knew what time it was with this one. really was a clear no brainer who would have won this game.
During opening day at EBC i was playing in the game, he was talking shit in the stands about me, i heard and i told him to get dressed and ill bust your ass. the coach offered to give him a uniform and he didn’t take it. it wasn’t the 3rd of 5th qtr, it was the 1st quarter, the game really just began. so after feeling embarassed because this was in front of a few thousand people at Rucker Park, opening day so u already know its extra crowded, Adrian claimed I wasn’t good and he was better than me and wanted to play me for $5,000.
First of all, he has no job, no means of employment and claims he got big money. So u see where this is already heading. Usually when guys with big mouths talk shit and talk real loud, they really feel nobody is going to call their bluff, and most people don’t. The day this all went down I just finished playing at ebc 20minutes before he said all of this so i wasn’t going to play him for money after playing a game, i wanted to play him on a day where we both didn’t have a game.
I saw him 2 days later at kingdome calmly walked to him and said me, you 1on1 for $10,000 at EBC park sunday at 3pm (people usually don’t have streetball games on Sunday)
I call up, 4 different cameras crews to see this streetball battle, theres never been a 1on 1 streetball game like this, not for this amount of money in decades in nyc. i call bounce magazine.com, inside streetball, k1x cameras, Lacemasters.net cameras
And what does he do, pulls a no show.
I have 1 more thing ot say about this, If you know a player isnt good and you could beat somebody 1on1, I don’t care who you are, for $10,000 your going to show up. i didn’t call him out for this match up, he called me out.
I rest my case,
The defense rests………
BT: Now probably the biggest news for you is your sponsor K1X is about to release your signature shoe the “187″, Can you tell us a little about them and when they’ll be released?.
Homicide: My signature shoe the 187′s will be released June 10th in 250 Foot Locker shoe stores in the .United States as well as Foot Locker Europe, Foot Locker Australia. For a sneak peak of my “187″ sneaker, check out my myspace page, www.myspace.com/chomicide
I’ve been playing in them since February, they feel really comfortable and fit like a glove. I’m really happy with my first signature, all the lovers of streetball I can already see them appreciating the 187′s as well as the price ($65.00)
BT: Any last word before we go?
Homicide: Dont let anyone tell you streetball dosent pay, and it wont take you nowhere. Just look at me, I’ve busted my ass to get on anywhere I could play. I’ve been cut and given up on, I didnt care I knew I cud do this, I knew I could because of streetball it put me in a position to get:play this game, I just needed to keep believing in myself because I knew I could make this dream a reality. and this is exactly what it is for me rite now, A REALITY, MY REALITY…….
:2 Invites to NBA Training Camps Toronto Raptors Nuggets
:2 summer leagues Golden State and Indiana Pacers
:2 workouts with Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets
:NBDL Championship Dakota Wizards
:Euroleague team Cibona in Croatia
:Signed a 2 yr deal in Austrailia
:my own signature shoe set to debut in june!!
Stay tuned because if ur lucky u could be invited to my shoe release event in downtown NYC!!!!!
NOW TELL ME STREETBALL DONT PAY!!!!
AS ALWAYS BX ALL DAY