If Carlos Gonzalez Jr. doesn't fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA, the 13-year-old just might have a successful career as a motivational speaker.
Williams, 23, had just been sent down to the NBA D-League's Springfield (Mass.) Armor -- punishment for being late to Nets practices, shootarounds and meetings -- when he encountered Gonzalez, an Armor ballboy.
Gonzalez was eager to meet Williams, one of his favorite players. He also couldn't understand why Williams would put himself in a position to be demoted.
Gonzalez believed he had to say something.
"I was nervous," said Gonzalez, who approached Williams before his first game with the Armor. "But I just wanted to help him. I thought to myself, 'Wow I'm actually meeting an NBA player, and I wanted to give him a heads up.'
"I told him, 'You made a mistake and you shouldn't feel like you're down here because you're not a good ballplayer. You need to learn from it.' If I was him, I wouldn't want to be down here. I'd do anything to stay in the NBA.'"