Sunday, February 2, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Where are they now? Gus Williams

Seattle Times staff reporter

It's a tale that won't be told.

Once known for his outspokenness and strong beliefs, Gus Williams has gone silent. He has tucked himself away in his native Mount Vernon, N.Y., home and hasn't said much publicly since 2001. That was to talk about a company he helped start in 1997 that mentors and provides resources for families that have suffered abuse in the home.

Williams, 49, made a rare appearance in Seattle on Tuesday, attending a Sonics game. He was in town on business with another company, Financial Resources, a financial-planning company focused on estate planning and insurance. Wearing a Bill Cosby-type sweater and a humble smile, Williams waved to the crowd as he was introduced with his moniker, "The Wizard."

He played for four teams in 11 NBA seasons, including six with the Sonics (1977-84). Williams was part of the 1979 championship team that had seven players average between 11 and 19.2 points, but he probably made just as big a stir when he sat out the 1980-81 season over a free-agency compensation dispute.

But that is the past. What's in Williams' future won't be said publicly. When asked, Williams says, "It's nothing personal, but I prefer not to give those type of interviews ... but I love Seattle, it'll always be home."


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