He was a grinder, a horse, a blue-collar basketball player who’d park himself near the hoop and dare you to come near. For three years at Maryland and 17 more in the pros, that was Buck Williams’ style.
Time and again with the Terps, Williams — an undersized 6-foot-8 center — outmuscled the likes of Ralph Sampson, Virginia’s 7-foot-4 giant, and Mike Gminski, Duke’s 6-foot-11 post fixture.
“My parents gave me my work ethic and it transitioned over to basketball,” Williams, 58, said Monday. “I had talent but it was my ability to keep my head down and grind it out that made me who I was.”
On Tuesday morning, Williams and three others were...