December 19, 2011 |
Once Mo Williams took his pride out of it, he was able to come to grips with his plight as a reserve point guard for the Clippers. Williams hadn't spoken with the media since the Clippers acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets last Wednesday and got Chauncey Billups during a waiver auction bid after New York used the "amnesty" provision on the veteran guard. Williams said before the Clippers played the Lakers at Staples Center on Monday night that he needed time to collect his thoughts.
December 5, 2011 |
Blake Griffin and Mo Williams made the calls to their Clippers teammates, inviting them to work out during the NBA lockout. They gathered at Loyola Marymount at times, or at a local high school. It was just the Clippers bonding. The idea, Griffin said after a workout Monday at the team's practice facility in Playa Vista, was to build a winning atmosphere. Griffin said it was easy to get DeAndre Jordon (a restricted free agent looking for a contract), Eric Gordon (looking for a contract extension)
December 2, 2011 |
Once he was told about his teammate's guarantee that the Clippers would reach the playoffs this season, Blake Griffin did not shy away from Mo Williams' bold statement. In fact, Griffin embraced it and even relished the thought. He acknowledged that it had been on his mind throughout the NBA lockout and when he worked out, not knowing when or if the season would start. Williams said he has told all who will listen and all of the naysayers that "one thing that I can guarantee" is the Clippers will play in the postseason in 2012.
May 25, 2011 |
The triangle has been shuttered and closed for business — and it won't be reopening under the watch of Phil Jackson's successor with the Lakers. One of Mike Brown's former players was asked whether they ever tinkered with the triangle offense in practice in Cleveland, even a moment or two of curious experimentation. "Uh, no," said Clippers point guard Mo Williams, who played for Brown and alongside LeBron James for two seasons in Cleveland. "He had his own style. Like I said, he's not Phil [Jackson]
March 18, 2011 |
Call it a fresh chapter, or maybe closure, for former Cavaliers Mo Williams and Jamario Moon and possibly the start of a healthy finish for Eric Gordon . Williams and Moon are facing Cleveland for the first time since they were traded to the Clippers last month in the Baron Davis deal. And Saturday represents a return to action for Gordon, who has played only one complete game since Jan. 22 when he sprained his right wrist. "It won't be hard," Williams said Friday.
March 16, 2011 |
Eric Gordon has been busy watching college basketball in person during his injury-induced layoff, but he turned to another sport, using a baseball analogy to describe the differences between his old point guard, Baron Davis , and the incumbent, Mo Williams . Gordon could return to the court Saturday and it may be against Davis, who will be playing his first game at Staples Center since the Clippers traded him and a future first-round pick...
March 10, 2011 |
Maybe it's because he has four youngsters ? all boys ? that Mo Williams has made a nearly seamless transition, crossing over from glory days and despair in Cleveland straight into the cartoon-watching, video game-playing Clippers' locker room. The Clippers are 4-1 since Williams stepped on the court, making his debut in Sacramento on Feb. 28. That doesn't tell the whole story: Two victories, and most of the third one, were without injured shooting guard Eric Gordon. Not only have the Clippers struggled in a major way whenever Gordon has been absent in the last two seasons, they were even more confounded on the road this season.
March 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Boston ? If anything, DeAndre Jordan was getting too much information before hitting what would be the biggest free throws of his life in the Clippers' 108-103 win Wednesday against Boston. On top of that, there was another voice, one urging him to do something before he went to the line with 15.6 seconds remaining and the Clippers clinging to a four-point lead. It was the Celtics' Rajon Rondo, putting yet another thought in Jordan's mind, which he was trying to de-clutter at TD Garden.
March 5, 2011 |
Next time anyone on the Clippers says anything about being healthy, they would be wise to knock on some wood. Their last three days were a celebration, practically, as the Clippers finally had enough physically sound bodies on the bench. The return of leading scorer Eric Gordon sparked that merriment but it ended Saturday against Denver when Gordon aggravated the right wrist injury that forced him to miss 18 games recently. Gordon hit the floor hard late in the second quarter of the 100-94 win in front of 19,060 at Staples Center after being fouled by Denver center Timofey Mozgov and Gordon did not return.
March 3, 2011 |
Some say, in regards to life, that the sweet is never as sweet without the sour. That helps explains why the Clippers' 106-103 win Wednesday against Houston was like a barrel of sugar for guard Mo Williams . No, it had little to do with Williams, newly acquired by the Clippers in a trade from Cleveland, winning and playing well (17 points, 11 assists) in his home debut at Staples Center. That was just the icing. It was winning in general that took the cake, because Williams hasn't had much of that this season, given the Cavaliers' NBA-record 26-game losing streak, which ended against the Clippers last month.