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Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:39 pm
 
Mo Williams wants the Clippers to tell him they love him. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

After the Clippers acquired Chris Paul, the obvious assumption was that Mo Williams was instant trade bait. The Clips just picked up CP3, just signed Chauncey Billups and had youngster Eric Bledsoe as a third option.

But the Clippers held on to Williams and it has paid off big time. He's having a Sixth Man Award caliber year off the L.A. bench and even has gotten a little chatter to be named an All-Star. He's been nothing short of terrific and a big part of the Clipper rotation.

And he wants to be recognized for it. As he told T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times, he just wants "to know where I stand with the Clippers." Which is another way of saying, "Pay me."
"I want to play," he says in explaining his attitude, but what he really means to say is, he wants to start. But aren't Paul and Billups better players?

"I'll let you decide," Williams says. "They are teammates of mine, so I won't say."

I help him out: They are much better than you are. Now Billups is out, and Coach Vinny Del Negro is going with Randy Foye as his starter instead of Williams. Obvious question for Williams: Are you upset about this?

"For this team I have a role," he says, "whether I accept it or not."

And does he accept it, his job still to come off the bench and provide energy and scoring?

"Like I said, I'm playing basketball," he says.
Williams has two years left on his deal pay him $8.5 million a season. The Clippers have said they don't see him as simply trade bait and with the injury to Billups, that will likely be true. But he still wants an extension and he wants a better role.
"The way they tell you they love you every day is by signing you to a contract extension," Williams says.

[...]

"This has nothing to do with money," Williams says.

Any time an athlete says it has nothing to do with the money, it has everything to do with money.

"You misinterpreted what I said," Williams says. "This has nothing to do with money; I just don't know where I stand.

"I could be traded tomorrow. I could be traded next week or before March 15, [the trade deadline], or before next season. They aren't going to trade Blake Griffin."

I help him out again. "You are not in the same class as Blake Griffin," and he seems surprised.

"I'm not looking for anything," he says. "I'll approach every day the same and be prepared to play, but in a month I could be gone. I'm just answering your questions now."
For a guy that's had a bit of a rebirth on a team most didn't see being this good before the CP3 trade, he sure does seem a bit disgruntled. Selfish, even. He has a role, is playing a lot and doing his job well. He's getting paid well and the Clippers have said they aren't going to trade him. What more does he want? A contract extension? Who doesn't want one? Financial security is wonderful, but worry about that later. Focus on doing your job every night and that'll take care of itself.

The Clippers need Williams more than ever now. Without Billups, Williams is as important a player as they have, not named Blake or Chris. He's their top option off the bench and a major part of their success. If he doesn't realize that or needs the Clippers to tell him that in the form of a contract extension, then I'd just say he's got his priorities mixed up.
Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Again, we see the selfishness of today's NBA players.  There's a reason why Larry Bird went on national radio and publicly admitted that he'd preferred to have Kobe Bryant as a teammate than LeBron or any player.  I don't quite understand the mentality of NBA players who came into the league post-2000.  It's like they demand everything their way and if they don't get their way, then end up crying about to some news outlet. This type of behavior is what put NBA below the NFL, and even MLB.  During the 90s (cough: Michael Jordan era), players were getting paid way less than today's standards, but put forth the effort and it reflected as games back then were way more entertaining and competitive.  There are only about four or five NBA teams that merits a fan to shell out $100 plus to watch a live NBA game, today. From 1980-2000, the NBA enjoyed the greatest period of success both financially and popularity.  Those 20 years were something to cherish about, as an NBA fan.  Sadly, pride and ego has infiltrated the minds of most professional basketball players who were drafted after-2000.  It's one of the reasons why so many are turned off from participating in anything related to NBA basketball.  As for Mo Williams and his outcry, he can either request a trade or accept that he'll be a 6th man for a while.

Williams is like 90% of Americans in that he feels he's underpaid or underappreciated. Because he's a pro baller, he can make comments to a writer and have them translated and twisted by the  public and other media. It's obvious he thought he'd be thrust into starting lineup with Billups out and Del Negro kept him as the 6th man. It's similar to being passed over for a promotion, no? If he's saying he wants to know where he stands well duh! The owner is Donald F'ing Sterling! You really think he's going to know where he stands with that scumbag? 
 
So let me get this straight,  athletes weren't selfish in the 80s and 90s?   That is laughable. Mo Williams isn't a premier player but he puts forth the effort when he plays dude. Don't make it seem like's Rasheed Wallace or Benoit Benjamin. 

Bird's comment had nothing to do with selfishness. James is one of the least selfish players in the league. What an irrelevant comment and lazy of you to use it.  

You compare it to NFL and MLB?  well we  regularly have rookie holdouts in the NFL and look at some of the stunts that older Manning and Favre have pulled and tell me those weren't selfish. Also take a look at some of the latest MLB signings and tell me that money wasn't the deciding factor. I'll give you a hint: Anaheim over St. Louis. 


 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

All "Mo" has to do is "stick to the script" and play how the Clippers need for  him to play. If they need for him to start,then start or if they need for him to come off the bench as the sixth-man,then be that. If I'm not mistaken, isn't he up for possible sixth-man of the year consideration? In my eyes,he's going to be compensated for his play by either the Clippers or some other NBA team that may need a guard. It all depends on if he can keep his cool,and just play ball.....the rest will work itself out.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Apparently Mo Williams is having a pity party for himself. I thought he might be the solution in Cleveland with LeBron and they would win a NBA championship there. That was not to be.

Now another team has picked him up. I am sure his role was explained to by the coach. He is also being paid a sufficient income for the position he play on the team. I think the position is very important. His job is to rejuvenate the offense when he comes in. He would get starters minutes, they are just not at the beginning of the game.

He might would like to have a conversation with Lamar O about this position. The LA fans loved him and his energy off the bench along with the accolades that came with the position.
    
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

I kind of feel sorry for Mo Williams he endure a very traumatic break up with LeBron James dumping him and Cleveland for a better supporting cast. Maybe this is Mo saying I don't want to get attached to another superstar. Sob. Sob.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

8.5 million is a fair salary for Mo. He is tearing up bench players but never did have huge success against starting guards. So his role is simple: continue outplaying subs, step up a bit and handle some of the load from Billups and stop whining! You are NOT an all star, you are not a high end starter, you are an aging player who has had a shot at rebirth. And now you are complaining?? There are players fitting your description making much less that 17 million over 2 years so grow a pair and start earning that salary.

If you want a bigger payday- you have 1.5 years to prove you deserve more.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:17 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Again, we see the selfishness of today's NBA players.  There's a reason why Larry Bird went on national radio and publicly admitted that he'd preferred to have Kobe Bryant as a teammate than LeBron or any player.  I don't quite understand the mentality of NBA players who came into the league post-2000.  It's like they demand everything their way and if they don't get their way, then end up crying about to some news outlet. This type of behavior is what put NBA below the NFL, and even MLB.  During the 90s (cough: Michael Jordan era), players were getting paid way less than today's standards, but put forth the effort and it reflected as games back then were way more entertaining and competitive.  There are only about four or five NBA teams that merits a fan to shell out $100 plus to watch a live NBA game, today. From 1980-2000, the NBA enjoyed the greatest period of success both financially and popularity.  Those 20 years were something to cherish about, as an NBA fan.  Sadly, pride and ego has infiltrated the minds of most professional basketball players who were drafted after-2000.  It's one of the reasons why so many are turned off from participating in anything related to NBA basketball.  As for Mo Williams and his outcry, he can either request a trade or accept that he'll be a 6th man for a while.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Your first mistake is thinking this clippers team has a chance to win a "crown" lol  



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Don't understand some of these players. Making $8.5 million a year for the next 2 years and on a team that has a chance of winning the NBA crown and is considered one of the 6th man of the year player, Hell, I'll be very very happy. Obviously Mo thinks he can do better elsewhere and now with Chauncy out for the rest of the season, his value on the team has risen up a notch. It can't get any better better than this Mo.


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