Jay Williams was an All-American basketball star in high school, set scoring records and earned an NCAA National Championship at Duke University, and was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the second pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. But a 2003 motorcycle accident ended his promising NBA career.
Following the crash, Williams fell into a deep depression that led to addiction. In his new book, Life Is Not An Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention (Harper, 2016), Williams talks basketball, depression and overcoming addiction. Now an ESPN college basketball analyst, Williams sees his accident as a “blessing in disguise.”
“You really have to keep an optimistic perspective because if not you will forever be changed by your past,” Williams told USA Today. You can’t play the 'what if' game. That decision has already been made. It’s important to focus on your present and progression.”