http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2005/04/06/984736.htmlFrom his vantage points on the Raptors bench and in front of the television, Alvin Williams has observed a team in turmoil.
Yesterday, in yet another blow to the reeling franchise, the injured point guard expressed his displeasure with many aspects of the Raptors in a wide-ranging interview. The longest-serving Raptor, whose future is uncertain after having season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee in November, has issues with player behaviour, leadership and the constant roster upheaval.
"It's not good," the well-respected Williams said. "It's not a good situation right now."
Without naming names, Williams seemed to be aiming some of his criticism at swingman Jalen Rose and point guard Rafer Alston. Those two lashed out at each other in the media last week, though Rose made a hard-to-believe claim that he wasn't directing his comments at Alston. Rose did not name Alston in his rant.
"You see what I see," Williams, 30, said. "You saw the Charlotte game (last Friday when Rose and Alston basically refused to pass the ball to each other), I saw the Charlotte game, everyone saw that game. That typified everything."