An All-Star Chat
Posted: July 9, 2003
Mercury forward/center Adrian Williams chatted live on Wednesday on phoenixmercury.com
Selected as a reserve for this Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game in New York, Williams is on her way to career averages in points and rebounds, making the former USC star a leading candidate for the league's Comeback Player of the Year in her fourth season in Phoenix.
Williams enters Thursday's home game against Cleveland as the Mercury's top scorer with 12.2 points a game, and is fourth in the league in rebounds (8.5 per) while leading the league in steals (2.19). She pulled down a career high 16 rebounds on May 28 against San Antonio, then poured in a career-high 20 points against Detroit a month later on June 28.
The Fresno, CA, native has sung the National Anthem before Mercury games twice, is a big fan of comedies and likes to listen to Gospel and R&B music when not working on improving her game. She lists her parents as the most inspirational role models in her life and worked in the Mercury's Community Relations Department this past offseason.
Check out what Adrian had to say!
Pat, Phoenix: Who was your favorite basketball player growing up, man and/or woman?
Adrian Williams: Growing up I really didn't have a favorite basketball player. I really just played it for fun without watching on TV. My sport was track so Jackie Joyner Kersey was one of my favorites.
Michelle (Phoenix): I heard you sing the National Anthem this season and you have a beautiful voice. When did you start singing and have you ever or will you ever sing professionally?
Adrian Williams: First of all, thank you. I started singing when I was very young in the choir. But before that my brothers and sisters would sing all the time. I just like singing. My father was the minister of music at the church where I grew up and he even recorded a gospel album in the '80s.
phil (hb, ca): hey adrian. you are so beautiful! anyway, i just wanted to congratulated you on your all star selection. My question is what did you do different from last year to get you into the allstars?
Adrian Williams: Thank you, Phil. I began when Coach was hired and said that we want you to be more aggressive and offensive-minded. In the past, my focus was rebounding and defending, so this year I just got the shackles taken off.
Jenna, Mesa: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Adrian Williams: That's a tough question. I like "Money Talks" and "The Five Heartbeats." I also loved "Juice". Anything with Chris Tucker is great. My favorite are Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson. Anything with those guys in it.
Linda, Mesa Az: What was it like to be drafted by Phoenix?
Adrian Williams: I was excited to be drafted by Phoenix primarily that Cheryl Miller was the coach. And I liked Jennifer Gillom's game.
Sabrina, Wickenburg, AZ: Will you try coaching after your playing career is over? Broadcasting?
Adrian Williams: I haven't really thought about coaching. As far as college or the WNBA, I wouldn't want to travel as much. So I think I'd like to coach high school. I remember how much I learn and wanted to learn in high school, so I think that's what I'd go for.
Jeff, Avondale: What do you think of the Mercury's new uniforms?
Adrian Williams: I like them. At first it was weird. You always heard "Tuck your shirt in." I think they wanted to make them more stylish and more conducive to the female form. So I like them.
Shonda (Peoria, IL): Did you ever play any other sports in high school or college?
Adrian Williams: In high school I ran track. I got fourth in the state in the 300 hurdles. That was my first love. I decided on basketball because of the team aspect and I thought it would be more stable.
Danny (Hollywood,FL): Hey Adrian, how do you feel that you will play with Sheryl Swoopes in this weekend? Can you dunk.. I saw you almost dunk when vs Los Angeles this season.
Adrian Williams: I'm excited just to look on the rosters and I'm listed among greats. If I"m open and I get the chance to dunk, I'm going to try.
Pauline, Phoenix: My daughters named her new fish Adrian and Lisa after you and Lisa Harrison. Do you have any pets and what are their names?
Adrian Williams: I don't have any pets at this time. I used to have a fish named Kobe, but he passed away. It was so hard to deal with the loss, that I can never have another pet again.
Ryan F. (Tiburon, CA): Hi Adrian! I picked you as one of the Top 10 Virtual GM Sleepers on my WNBA.com article, and by making the All-Star team, you've made me look like Nostradamus! What skills of yours do you think separates you from the other C-F's in the league? Do you have a Goto Move that you like?
Adrian Williams: I don't have a go-to move that I like. I'm just using my athleticism and I'm quick and I can anticipate. If I'm playing a center, I'll use my quickness. Oh, and thank you. I only saw my name in the "Sleepers" category. So I have to give you credit for that.
Phoenix: Your season, so far has been very good. What goals have you set for yourself this season? Who is your favorite author?
Adrian Williams: I set the goal every year of getting better. As far as the season goes, I want to be more aggressive offensively and to keep up my strength on the boards. My favorite author would have to be Max Mulcedo and Michelle McKinley-Hammond.
Gloria, Glendale: What would you be doing today if you were not playing basketball?
Adrian Williams: If I weren't playing basketball I'd probably be married with two kids and doing something around basketball, like sports marketing. But definitely something related to hoops.
Adrian Williams: Thank you so much for your questions. They were great. Thanks for supporting the WNBA and the Mercury and keep your eye out for me in the All-Star Game.