Williams injuries included a severed main nerve in his leg, fractured pelvis and three dislocated ligaments in his left knee including the ACL.He required physical therapy to regain the use of his leg.Williams was a starter in the Bulls' line-up for most of the 2002–03 NBA season.
Williams stated at the time that he would continue to train and make a return to the Bulls, but in his 2016 memoir he mentioned that a lot of the Bulls' severance package fueled his addiction to illegal pain killers.
In the interim, he appeared in college and high school basketball broadcasts on ESPN as a commentator.
He was also a first team Freshman All-American by Basketball Times.
The next season Williams started all 39 games and led the Devils to the 2001 NCAA National Championship, earning NABC Player of the Year honors.
However, less than a month later on October 22, the Nets released Williams.