Deron Williams: Addicted to 'Call of Duty'

November, 24, 2010
11/24/10
10:02
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By Jon Robinson
Deron WilliamsLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesThink Deron Williams can get hot shooting for the Jazz? You should see him play "Call of Duty."

Deron Williams couldn't care less about his character in "NBA 2K11." You won't find him playing "Halo," "Madden" or "Red Dead Redemption," either.

"I actually don't play any new video games except 'Call of Duty,'" Williams tells me. "I'm addicted to 'Call of Duty.' It's the only game I need."

Make that the only franchise the Jazz superstar plays, as Williams says he's been playing COD nonstop since the beginning and is eagerly anticipating the release of the latest in the series, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" on Nov. 9.

"The online play is the best," Williams explains. "I'm a guns blazing type of guy when I play online. I'm not very good with the sniper rifle, so I don't even mess with those.

"And now that 'Black Ops' is going to be in 3-D, that's crazy. Technology is getting so good, and I have my 3-D TV already, so I can't wait to play. Every 'Call of Duty' game just seems to get so much better, so I'm excited to check out the new maps and new weapons."

And as Williams breaks it down, he's not the only one on the Jazz who spends late nights online shooting it out in virtual warfare.

"We're all hooked," Williams says of his teammates. "We come home from road games and we get in at 2 in the morning and can't go to sleep, so we all go online and play 'Call of Duty' and talk crap. We've played until like 5 in the morning before."

As for who on the Jazz is the best gamer, Williams is quick to respond.

"I am," he says with a laugh. "Everyone thinks they're good, but Paul [Millsap] always runs up from behind people and slices them, so he gets on my nerves."

When Williams isn't playing "Call of Duty," you'll probably find him on his iPad playing old-school Nintendo games. "I still play 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!,' 'Super Mario Bros.,' 'Double Dragon,' 'Double Dribble' and 'Tecmo Super Bowl,'" he says, adding that the Steelers are his "TSB" team of choice.

"The only other new game I want to play is 'NBA Jam' because that's old-school,'" says Williams. "The new games just have too much going on. I've always liked 'Jam' because it's simple. I'm waiting on the 360 version, though. My kids play Wii and I'll play bowling with them, but I never play the Wii by myself. I'm just not into that."

When it comes to the Xbox 360, though, the Jazz bring their systems everywhere they go.

Adds Williams: "We've hooked it up in hotel rooms, we've even brought a TV on the plane and hooked it up so we can play 'Call of Duty.' I've been trying to figure out a way to play online over the hotel Wi-Fi, but we can't figure it out, and I've asked the biggest game-heads I know. Hopefully we can figure it out before 'Black Ops' comes out. I preordered mine last year. I can't wait. When I finally bring that game home -- the kids go to sleep around 9, my wife goes to sleep around 10 -- then I'll pop it in and be on for at least four hours or more. It all depends on whether or not we have a game the next day."

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