In 2002, Chicago Bulls’ point guard Jay Williams felt limitless on the court. He was at the top of his game as one of the greatest college basketball players of all time at Duke University and signed a $16 million dollar NBA rookie contract.
Jay was thrilled to follow in Michael Jordan’s footsteps, even using his old locker and fulfilling his dreams – until suddenly, his bubble burst. Cruising on a motorcycle one night, Jay sustained career-threatening injuries, breaking his leg and causing severe damage to his knee, ACL, and pelvis. Much to his dismay, his playing was cut short, and the Bulls provided him with a severance package. Besides being physically unable to play due to injuries, Jay’s motorcycle riding violated his contract with the Bulls.
Jay reached his limit and spiraled into addiction. He recovered and went on to become an entrepreneur, host on ESPN, author the book Life is Not An Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention, and host the new podcast, “The Limits with Jay Williams.”
In this series presented by NPR, Jay talks about his hustle and quest for reinvention. Start the series in any order, with episodes running upward of 45 minutes long. Listeners will hear about the defining moments of guests’ lives and how they worked through the unforeseen limits that arose. Jay said that if this accident did not happen to him, he would not have grown into the person he is today.
On “The Limits with Jay Williams,” Jay and his guests speak from experience of testing limitations, what it means to set limits, and going above and beyond in surpassing them.
Charlamagne Tha God stopped by the show in January. Born Lenard McKelvey, he was raised by his English teaching mother and was considered a bookworm – even when he went to jail. Over the years, Charlamagne Tha God shared how he learned how to be true to himself while navigating his radio career. He currently co-hosts “The Breakfast Club” and Comedy Central’s Tha God’s Honest Truth.
In another recent episode, listeners learned from Maverick Carter, co-creator of the entertainment and development brand Springhill Company, with LeBron James. Maverick discussed kick-starting the brand with LeBron as kids from Akron, Ohio and how the company has grown to its recent value of $725 million. Maverick shared how he and LeBron achieved success in their own, unconventional way and why their brand is different from other athletes’ business endeavors.
Tune in for new episodes every Tuesday, wherever you listen to your favorite shows.