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SALT LAKE CITY — On June 26th, 2003 Mo Williams was introduced to the media in Salt Lake City after the Utah Jazz made him the 47th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Nine years later Mo was once again introduced to the media in Salt Lake City as the newest member of the Utah Jazz.
"It's a homecoming for me," says Williams. "I jokingly said it felt like being drafted all over again."
The difference this time around is the experience that Williams brings to a relatively young roster. This time he is expected to be a leader.
"I know one thing I will bring and that's my toughness and leadership." Mo says. "One thing I promise you is that I will be ready to play each and every night and I will be ready to practice each and every day."
Mo won the press conference with his focus on toughness, something the Jazz have lacked in recent seasons.
"Some guys are laid back and reserved. I'm not." He says. "I'm kind of a ‘balls to the wall' …if I gotta fight I'll be, well, gotta fight. No hard feelings but that's just the way it is. That's the approach I take."
Mo's family life has also changed significantly since his last time in Utah. He is expecting his fifth child soon. He promised he won't be moving back into his old apartment.
"Oh no, not that apartment," he says with a laugh. "That apartment is not gonna fit this family. I've grown in experience, my wallet's a little bigger now so I can afford a house these days. I definitely won't be in that apartment."