DALLAS -- It's been a roller coaster ride for Sean Williams the past four years.
Perhaps that's why the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks was emotional during his first interview with the local media after Thursday's practice.
A high NBA draft pick in 2007, Williams was suspended for two games by the New Jersey Nets after he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after an incident at a Colorado cellphone store. Williams smashed the store's computer monitor on March 16, 2009.
Ultimately, the NBA suspended Williams, who just returned home this week after playing in Israel.
"It was a step in maturity for me -- going overseas," Williams said. "I think we live and we learn every day, and I'm just thankful to be here and able to be able to take another step."
Shortly after that comment, Williams became emotional when asked about the difficulties of being the No. 17 pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by New Jersey, and then later finding out he had to play overseas.
"I think we all have our own path in life, and I'm going by mine," said Williams, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound center. "I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for some of the stuff I went through before.
"I appreciate all of my experiences and from here on out I just try to stay positive, and I look forward to positive things manifesting in my life."
A Mansfield High School product, Williams said it's exciting for his family to be able to watch him play in person more.
"He's athletic, man," forward Shawn Marion said. "I know he can jump out of the gym. He's a shot-blocker, so it's going to be great for us."
And possibly great for Williams.
"I've been looking for an opportunity to get back in the NBA," Williams said. "I think it might make me a little bit more comfortable here at home, but I'm just going to try to come in and do what I can to help this team.
"They told me just to come in and bring energy, rebound and block shots."
Terry has scare
Guard Jason Terry was back on the practice court and at full strength after being rushed to Baylor Dallas hospital Monday. He had felt ill while driving on the Dallas North Tollway when he was on his way to practice.
"The scare of my life, but I'm back feeling good," Terry said. "There's a virus going around the locker room, and definitely everybody on my side of the locker room has been infected by it one way or another.
"I managed to fight it off and thank God I'm in good health. The Jet is on the runway and I'll be out there fired up on Sunday."
Terry, who missed Tuesday's preseason game at Oklahoma City, said the only other time he rode in an ambulance was when he was in college and he was dehydrated and passed out on the court in a Final Four game against North Carolina.
Randle, Neitzel waived
Guards Jerome Randle and Drew Neitzel were waived Thursday.
But coach Rick Carlisle said they could end up playing for the Texas Legends of the D-League.
Forward Shawn Marion has ditched his blonde hairdo and Mohawk after three months.
Mavs free agent guard DeShawn Stevenson signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the New Jersey Nets.
Rick Carlisle said he has no idea if they'll add another player before the season starts. "At this point there's nothing imminent," Carlisle said.
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