Corliss Williamson retires


Sultan of Swat
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ROGERS — He was the forgotten man on the Sacramento Kings’ bench most of last season, but Kings’ fans know who he is.

In last spring’s first-round NBA playoff series between Sacramento and 2005 champion San Antonio, the Kings were blowing out the Spurs, seconds away from squaring the firstround series 2-2.

A sellout crowd at Arco Arena started chanting “We want Corliss !” prompting Kings Coach Rick Adelman to ask the former Arkansas Razorbacks ’ standout if he wanted to go in the game.

“I was fine,” Williamson said. “I didn’t need to. But by the end of the game, the fans start chanting your name and you say ‘What the heck, we might as well do it.’”

Williamson capped Sacramento’s 102-84 victory with a field goal in his 40 seconds on the court.

“The young guys, anytime I’m in the game, are always trying to get me ball,” Williamson said Monday at the Razorback Basketball Golf Outing at Lost Springs Golf Club. “Don’t pass me the ball, you go ahead and shoot. I’m too old and have to loosen up.”

Williamson, 32, who aspires to be a coach when he retires, said he isn’t ready to take a seat on the bench in a suit and tie yet. But his playing time dropped dramatically in 2005-06.

Williamson averaged less than 10 minutes a game for the Kings, who re-acquired him late in the 2004-05 season in a trade that sent Chris Webber to Philadelphia. This, after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 2002 for Detroit and being valuable reserve in its world championship run two years later.

Talk around Sacramento has been Williamson will not return to Sacramento, where he’s due $ 6. 5 million after playing in just 37 games. The dismissal of Adelman and hiring of new Coach Eric Musselman added to the anxiety.

Williamson said he’s ready to report to training camp next month, though as his three children get older he looks forward to spending more time with them and his wife Michelle. The family is comfortable being in Sacramento and hopeful of finishing his career in California.