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Inside The Rick Adelman vs. Terrence Williams Saga

Terrence Williams still hasn't played once since joining the team. Why not poke some fun at it, rather than be angry and confused?

[Scene]: Terrence walks out of Toyota Center following another night of benchiness. Suddenly, as he is about to get into his car and drive home, someone taps him on the shoulder, causing him to jump in surprise.

Terrence Williams: What the...!

Rick Adelman: It's me. I just wanted to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.

Terrence blinks, confused, but decides to take the comment in stride.

Williams: Thanks, coach. Just looking forward to learning everything and being a part of the team.

Adelman: It's just the way the game is played. It's best if you just wait your turn.

Williams: Makes sense, Coach. Thanks.  #wordaapp

The following morning, Williams shows up for practice. After stretching and warming up, the team splits up and scrimmages against each other. Williams does not play at all during the scrimmage and looks perturbed after the practice concludes. Adelman walks up to him after everyone else has left.

Williams: Coach, I just want to play. I want to show you what I can do.

Adelman: Terrence, never show weakness. The only pain that matters is the pain you inflict.

Williams: Uh, okay. Thanks?

The following day, Williams steps onto the floor during a scrimmage. After shooting the ball once and missing, Adelman blows the whistle and approaches him on the court.

Williams: It was a bad shot, coach. I know it. I should've hit Luis in the post.

(Scola spits and puts his hands on his hips, visibly pissed off)

Adelman: Are your parents here?

Williams: No... no they aren't coach. The only girl here is the custodian in the corner over there.

Adelman: Good. [nods his head]. You take a look at her. Cause once you step on that bus you aint got your mama no more. You got your brothers on the team and you got your daddy. You know who your daddy is, doncha? Terrence, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy? Who's your daddy, Terrence?

Williams: Is this a line from--?

Adelman [cuts him off]: Who's your daddy?

Williams [sighs]: You.

Adelman: And whose team is this, Terrence? Is this your team? Or is this your daddy's team?

Assistant Coach Jack Sikma: Rick, we've gotta hurry this thing up. Waking Up In Reno is on Cinemax in about thirty minutes, and I really don't want to miss it. I'm going to have a nice cup of scotch and view the film. Then, I'm going to constantly remind myself that there is a post move named after me -- the Sikma move -- and I'm going to chuckle about that quite a bit. So, you know, if you could...

Adelman nods, sends Williams to the bench and continues practice.

Two days later, in Houston's game against the Toronto Raptors, Adelman declines to play Williams once again. Midway through the fourth quarter, Williams pouts in the corner. Adelman walks over and squats, pretending to watch the action.

Williams: Coach, I'd really like to get in there and help. It's been seven games now.

Jared Jeffries: Dude, come on. I haven't played all season.

Ish Smith: Am I still on the team?

Williams: Well, that's you guys. I came here to play. Am I going to play coach?

Adelman: I've seen you fight. I've seen you not quit. Can you give me a great effort and just a little bit more. Can you be perfect?

Williams: Well, if you put me in the... wait, are you quoting Friday Night Lights?  #worddown

Adelman: Certainly not. 

Williams: No, no -- that's what Coach Gaines tells the players at the beginning of the season, right before the first practice. And earlier, two days ago: that was Remember the Titans. And before that, at practice... that was Varsity Blues. Coach, you know we're not playing football, and I just want to know--.

Adelman: That's enough. You'll play basketball my way. My way is hard.

Courtney Lee: That's from Glory Road, coach! LOVE that movie!

Brad Miller: Doesn't touch Boogie Nights.

Williams: Coach, what the hell is this? What's with all of the damn movie quotes? They don't make any sense. Everyone says you're strict with how you run things, but this is getting ridiculous. When am I going to get a shot? Am I going to play at all this season?


Williams throws his hands in the air, then turns and sulks in his seat, distressed and ready to give up, having never in his life seen Caddyshack.