Hungry for success, Williams shuns the sweets

Nov 4 2012 - 9:50pm

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(RICK BOWMER/The Associated Press) Jazz forward Marvin Williams drives to the basket as Mavs forward Jae Crowder defends Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
(RICK BOWMER/The Associated Press) Jazz forward Marvin Williams drives to the basket as Mavs forward Jae Crowder defends Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY -- No thanks, he's hooping.

Ask Jazz forward Marvin Williams if he wants a piece of candy and that would probably be his response.

An apple? Sure. A Snickers bar left over from Halloween? No way.

Before leaving on the Jazz's three-game road trip to New Orleans, San Antonio and, finally, Memphis tonight, Williams said he's not a big candy eater. He used to be, but no longer.

"I used to eat a lot of candy, a ton of candy," he said. "It kind of slowed me down."

Williams made that statement on Nov. 1, the day millions of trick-or-treaters across the country dig into bags full of the sweet stuff. It also happened to be the day after the Jazz won their season-opener, beating the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena.

Since then they've dropped two in a row on the road and are looking at another tough challenge tonight in Memphis, where they've lost four of their last five at the FedExForum.

Although he's only 26, Williams has played seven seasons in the NBA. The former North Carolina Tar Heel admitted he used to enjoy munching on candy bars, especially on the road.

His sweet tooth led him to sometimes eat six or seven chocolate bars a day.

"I backed off the candy a lot this summer and I think it really has helped me," he said.

Williams, a former No. 2 overall draft selection by the Atlanta Hawks, came to the Jazz by way of trade in exchange for point guard Devin Harris.

Through three games this season, Williams is averaging 11.3 points per game.

He scored 21 on opening night, but in two road games he has scored a total of 13 points and has hit only six of his last 17 field goal attempts.

Last Friday he went 1 for 6 from behind the 3-point line.

Still, Williams said he feels comfortable in a Jazz uniform after seven seasons in Atlanta.

"I've enjoyed it here," he said. "My teammates, I can't give them enough credit for the way they've embraced me. Coach (Tyrone) Corbin has been awesome. He's made me feel very, very comfortable out on the court."

Before heading out for the first road trip of the season, Williams and other members of the Jazz team said they've learned to be careful what they eat, especially on the road, where there's a great deal of down time between games.

Corbin, who played 16 seasons in the NBA, understands the importance of taking care of oneself on road trips.

"Rest more than anything," he said. "For me it was always trying to get the proper amount of rest. You have to get the proper amount of rest, you have to take care of your body, (if you're) banged up, you have to go in and get the treatment, you've got to eat right."

The 49-year-old said when he was younger he liked to "eat heavy" but realized he couldn't do that and still feel light on the court.

So, no biscuits and gravy for breakfast?

"That's a little tough," he said.

And no candy bars, either.

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