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Mo Williams nearly retired after LeBron left

Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:11 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 10:12 pm
Lonely Cav captain left to ponder career by LeBron James nearly calls it quits.
Posted by Matt Moore

When LeBron James took his talents to Miami, he left a trail of disappointed and devastated people in his wake. Dan Gilbert, the Cavs' organization, Cavalier fans, sporting good store owners in Ohio, the city of Cleveland, Knicks fans, Bulls fans, Nets fans, Clipper fa... you get the picture. But in general, you have to believe most of the Cavs players treated it as NBA players treat these kinds of things. Business. Players come, players go. The checks keep coming, so what't the concern?

For one player, apparently it wasn't just business, and life didn't just go on. Mo Williams, James' running mate in Cleveland told Yahoo! Sports Monday that he was so distraught following "The Decision" that he considered retirement. From Mo Gotti's conversation with Marc Spears :

"I contemplated it. I really sat down and envisioned life after basketball. …I really saw myself not playing.

“It just didn’t make sense to me. …It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Williams goes on to say that he lost a lot of his love for the game, and it took him a while to be able to get back into the game. He doesn't sound wholly convinced, either. The whole conversation comes across the way someone sounds after a particularly tough breakup, the kind where you don't know what happened and he/she just moved out one day.

Is Williams a sympathetic figure? He certainly took a huge load of the blame for the playoff failures of the Cavaliers during his time there. Williams always seemed to be trying to prove a point, that he could score too, instead of being the all-around player most wanted him to be in support of James. This is the gap between a point guard and a Scottie Pippen-type forward. That's the problem. James was the all-around type player as well as the massive scoring force. And Williams also wasn't exactly on target with a lot of those shots. It's much easier to feel sorry for him if he wasn't campaigning to be an All-Star and clanging up a house for the third little pig every May.

But that's contextual based on our knowledge of him. At his root, Mo Williams is a player that felt like he was part of something special in Cleveland, who loved the opportunity to compete at the highest level with what he felt was the greatest player in the game, and someone who now faces a reality where the person that he was trying so hard to support is gone. Vanished in the night, on national television. He's got to continue his career, knowing that windows for players like himself are small and delicate, and the odds are not good that he'll hear his name in the Conference Finals again. The whole NBA world's changed since LeBron James left Cleveland.

And we're still trying to figure out all the career implications and casualties of "The Decision."


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:44 am

Mo Williams nearly retired after LeBron left

Cleveland has been a mess for years now if you really think about it.They do an entire roster overhaul ever year  & other times they would do it mid season, they played it out as though they were unsure of there decisions...or maybe as though whoever Lebron wanted in our out they obliged that request.....Most of the players on the team were outcasts or small bit players on other clubs, who just happen to take the court with the great Lebron James (pukes in own mouth) , now these guys who were just counted on to basically show up & play average ball  need to carry a team & somehow justify these contracts......I'd be depressed, suck it up Mo you get paid more money then you are worth...collect your pay & play what most of us do for a baby.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:39 am

Mo Williams nearly retired after LeBron left

The reads like a eulogy.. RIP Moe Williams' career. RIP Cleveland

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