Talking Role Models with former NBA player Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams

Monday, September 8, 2014

posted by Romy (@daddontlie)

JYD Barkin' 'Bout Being a Role Model

Former NBA player Jerome Williams talks about being a role model in the NBA

I'm a big hoops fan and before Dad blogging, I started blogging about the NBA, Canadian Basketball and the Toronto Raptors back in '08 with a couple of buddies and we still continue writing/podcasting to this day. The hoops blog has led to a few great interview opportunities throughout the years. With this past year being my first year as a Dad, I had the opportunity to ask a former professional athlete, Jerome "JYD" Williams about the importance of being a role model to the kids as a professional athlete. The former Toronto Raptor and Detroit Piston was in my hometown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia over the weekend for the #NBANation Tour that toured across Canada. We were able to interview him for our NBA-focused hoops blogs: Hip Hoop Junkies and Hoop Heads North.

Williams not only has had a successful career on the court but has had success past his playing days as a Community Ambassador with the NBA and as a Coach at the well-known Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

JYD continued to talk about being a role model to young basketball players and gave a little story about his run-in with Sacramento Kings rookie and Canadian basketball player, Nik Stauskas at this year's NBA Summer League.

If you want to check out our full interview with Jerome Williams, visit

Also, check out fellow Dad Blogger Ricky at Daddy Briefs and his thoughts on the Ray Rice video and athletes as role models for our children: Professional Athletes, Good Role Models?

Romy is a dad, husband and blogger based out of Halifax.  He also writes about hoops too at  For dirty diaper stories,  follow him on Twitter @DadDontLie and for hoops talk, follow @RomyAquino

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