When DeMarre Carroll learned he would replace Marvin Williams in the starting lineup Wednesday, the self-proclaimed "Junkyard Dog" wasn’t worried about the move fracturing locker room relations. Or neighborly ones. Despite being just one month younger than Williams (both are 26), Carroll refers to the former No. 2 overall pick as "my big vet." It’s the product of a relationship born from proximity. The two small forwards defend each other in practice, and are next-door neighbors in a downtown Salt Lake City apartment complex. "When I’m bumping my music," Carroll said. "I don’t get into trouble because he’s my next-door neighbor." While Williams was not available before the game to discuss being replaced in the starting lineup, Carroll said Williams told him to "get out there and do what I need to do." Before Wednesday, Williams was averaging career lows of 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. When told he was moving to the bench, Williams took the news in stride, coach Tyrone Corbin said. "He’s been great," Corbin said. "All of our guys have been really good." Carroll said Williams, despite his struggles, has been the consummate teammate. "He’s a good guy," Carroll said. "If you had to say who is one of the best teammates on the team, easily have to go with Marv. Everybody says he’s a great teammate." And a neighbor, it sounds like.
Carroll says Marvin Williams takes bench role in stride
Salt Lake Tribune | Mar 6