Tag:Lou Williams
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:45 am
 

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

Posted by Ben Golliverlou-will-small

Philadelphia 76ers reserve guard Lou Williams has crafted a reputation for himself as a gunslinger. On Monday night, for example, Williams hit for 25 points, including three impressive 3-pointers, while taking 17 shots and dishing two assists in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

This week, though, Williams found himself on the other end of a real barrel.

On Saturday, Williams posted a cryptic message on Twitter. "Almost got robbed today," Williams wrote. "But homie said he recognized me and the good I've done for his hood so that made him change his mind. Wow."

On Monday, Williams explained the situation in greater detail to the Philadelphia Daily News, saying that he was confronted by a man who tapped on his car's window with a gun.
"A guy tried to rob me but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community," said Williams. "He's a Lou Williams fan, so he didn't rob me."

"There's crime everywhere," said Williams. "I was debating whether to pull off to help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking, and we came up with a solution before i could really say much. I treated him to McDonald's."
Williams, 25, is in his seventh year with the 76ers. Williams runs the Louis Williams Foundation and threw a charity game during the lockout. The foundation runs an annual basketball clinic, supports an AAU team and sponsors a father and son field day.

All's well that ends well, and Williams is amazingly nonchalant about what was surely a terrifying situation. The story serves as a reminder that NBA players are both targets of violence and community agents of change every time they step in public. That's a tough balancing act that faces every professional athlete. In the most precarious of situations, Williams walked the tightrope perfectly.

Hat tip: Ball Don't Lie
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 3:26 pm
 

LeBron James booed at Philadelphia exhibition

Posted by Ben Golliver

The deeper we fall into this godforsaken NBA lockout, the more we search for remnants of normalcy, tokens to remind us that basketball is still basketball, mementos to remind us that the game will eventually resume. Good news, guys, I found one: Miami Heat forward LeBron James is still getting booed on the road.

On Sunday, James and fellow All-Stars Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony converged on Philadelphia to face a stacked local squad led by Tyreke Evans, Kyle Lowry and Hakim Warrick in a Team Melo vs. Team Philadelphia exhibition game at the Palestra.

James missed his final two shots from long range as Team Melo lost, 131-122, but he finished with 43 points and 23 rebounds. Great game, but his highlight dunks and high-flying play didn't automatically make him a crowd favorite. On the contrary, as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports, James was booed multiple times by the Philly crowd.
James, who wore his regular-season No. 6 and played without his trademark headband, was booed during the introductions and at times during the game, including when he stepped in to take a third-quarter charge from Warrick. He later drew gasps when he swooped in for a fourth-quarter follow-up dunk, part of his 23-rebound effort.
It's worth noting that, back in April, James and the Heat eliminated the 76ers from the Eastern Conference Playoffs in five games. James famously referred to the 76ers as "breakfast" during the series.

Does that explain the booing? Maybe, maybe not. There's also the lingering bitterness prompted by "The Decision," the fact that Philly fans will boo everyone (including Santa Claus), and the likelihood that many of the fans in attendance at the exhibition game do not regularly attend NBA games and thus were enjoying their first opportunity to express their disapproval to James in person.

Whatever the main motivating factor, the cheers were caught on tape. Here's video from the Team Melo vs. Team Philly exhibition, including a snippet of LeBron James getting booed by the crowd, courtesy of YouTube user Ballislifedotcom. The booing is most audible as James backs down 76ers point guard Lou Williams 10 seconds into the tape.



Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Lou Williams practicing, should be ready

Posted by Royce Young

If the 76ers have any visions of pushing the Miami Heat in the opening round of the playoffs, they'll need Lou Williams. And they'll need him playing at a high level.

Williams went down a couple weeks ago with pulled hamstring but according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he practiced Tuesday and coach Doug Collins expects him to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.

"I don't think people realize - I do and our team does - Lou is our personality," Collins said. "He's our voice. He gets us into the huddles; he gets us out of the huddles. He gets the guys before the game and after the game. We missed his voice, his energy, and his personality."

Williams was a major part of maybe the best bench in the league this year. He's a steady scoring point guard that does well sharing time in the backcourt with Jrue Holiday. If Williams isn't healthy, that means Evan Turner gets bigger minutes and that's not a good thing for Philadelphia. But it sounds like he should be ready which at least helps some for the Sixers heading into the series with the Heat.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 4, 2011 9:31 am
Edited on: April 4, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Lou Williams out with hamstring, Daniels signed

Posted by Royce Young

Lou Williams suffered a strained right hamstring Saturday against Milwaukee and as a result will miss the rest of the regular season for Philadelphia. He said he hopes to be back for the playoffs.

That's not good for the 76ers.

Williams has quietly been a huge part of their really solid bench, providing stablility and scoring. Without him, Philadelphia is losing almost 14 points per game and a player that can spark the Sixers when things aren't going well.

So what have they done to try and make up for it? According to ESPN.com, veteran Antonio Daniels is getting a call-up from the D-League. Daniels has been trying to make a comeback through the D-League and just finished up a solid regular season in which he helped lead the expansion Texas Legends to the playoffs.

But here's the interesting part about all this: What does this say about Evan Turner? Now of course technically Turner is a shooting guard and Williams a point. So Daniels is being signed to a 10-day because of the need for point guard depth. But Turner's season has been really inconsistent, and here's a chance for him to step in and show some versatility. Instead, he'll likely see a shot at extra minutes go to a veteran D-Leaguer. Ouch.

Williams actually called Turner to "get his mind right"
about filling in those extra minutes, so it's likely Daniels is just an insurance policy. Because it's time for Turner to step in and fill those big minutes. The Sixers haven't seen the development of Turner they'd like, but here's a chance for some extended minutes.

The Sixers are in pretty good shape to seal up the six-seed and just officially wrapped up a surprising playoff berth. But if they want to make a little noise in the playoffs, they need Williams. He's a Sixth Man award honorable mention type of player because of his scoring, shooting and creating off the bench.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Sixers' Lou Williams freestyle raps

Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams has released a rap freestyle. Posted by Ben Golliver. lou-williams

*WARNING: CONTENT INCLUDES PROFANITIES AND MAY BE OBJECTIONABLE TO SOME READERS. *

Who could forget Jewelz, Allen Iverson's rapping moniker, and the giant mess it caused back in 2000 when A.I. recorded a song called "40 Bars" that included language that made NBA commisioner David Stern blush?

More than a decade later, and history is repeating itself: a 76ers guard has released a profanity-laced rap song.  Philadelphia's Lou Williams raps for roughly 20 bars in his "Imma Boss" freestyle that's posted on his YouTube account, although the profanities have been bleeped out to protect innocent ears. 

Williams' subject matter is familiar. His topics include: visiting his old neighborhood, driving in his old car, seeing his old girlfriend, sleeping with his old girlfriend, reflecting on his playing time and former lack of playing time and how he has received a lot more attention now that he is playing rather than sitting on the bench, listing the size of his NBA game checks, how rich he is, how young he was when he first became rich, how he isn't interested in settling down to start a family (instead preferring to play the field), how he makes more money than his rivals, how the money his rivals make is laughable to him, and how inauthentic his rivals are.

Here are the transcribed lyrics (as close as possible).

I be ridin in my old hood, but i'm in my old whip /
picking up my old *****, heard that was your new ***** /
you be bringing cash out, my money never use it /
because you gonna keep her fly, that ***** I abuse it /
I came to Philly not asking for no favors /
ain't accepting handouts, no sugars from my neighbors /
remember me bench riding, I get that tick now /
now these bandwagon ****** on my **** now /
thank God, all these games I done played /
$60k a game, all this money I done made /
I made my first million before I ever got laid /
I was only seventeen ain't that some **** now look at me, look at me /
if you see me, be like, "Ew, Lou Will /
I be looking at em, Ew, cheap thrill /
I take what I can get because if they could they will /
I just **** em, I don't love 'em, I leave 'em oh well /
***** I'm a boss, I get cake, you making money? give me a break /
you just a lame, you ****** hating /
ya homeys they rhyme but it's because they fake

Here's the video.



Williams has a natural delivery and certainly doesn't lack confidence. The reviews posted on YouTube are split. One commenter noted, "Keep playing ball ... it ain't meant to happen" while another noted that, "you rap better than Allen Iverson."

Williams' Sixers teammate, guard Evan Turner, wrote on Twitter, "Shoutout to my boy Lou Williams for killin that 'Imma Boss' freestyle." I'm not sure if an endorsement from Turner helps or hurts one's street credibility, but I digress.

Another YouTube user reflected, "I'd be makin' tracks too if my team kept losin'." Entering Monday, Williams and the Sixers were 16-23, on pace to make the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed.
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:45 am
 

Shootaround: 7.30.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • HoopsWorld reports the Celtics have signed veteran guard Von Wafer. It's a one year deal, fully guaranteed and worth the veteran minimum.
  • Basketbawful determines Chris Dudley is the worst free throw shooter ever: 'Dudley's career free throw percentage of 45.8 isn't the lowest among the players in this list. So why does Dudders rank first among my worsts? It's not simply because he 817 of 1,508 freebies over his (gulp!) 15-year career. What sets Dudley apart are some of his dubious fouls shooting accomplishments. For instance, according to his NBA.com bio: "On April 14, 1990, he missed 17 of 18 free throws in a 124-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers. In that game he broke Wilt Chamberlain s NBA record by missing 13 straight free throws, one of them an airball. Dudley wound up with a league-worst .319 free-throw percentage."
  • Scott Howard-Cooper for NBA.com on Ricky Rubio : "Rubio is an even better prospect now than at the time of the hypefest leading to the 2009 draft, so he's either a trade chip with increasing value or going to someday arrive in Minnesota as a superior player. Kahn will be vindicated on that one."
  • Howard Beck of the New York Times writing on Shaq's future : "Yet O’Neal — the Most Dominant Ever, according to the syntactically awkward title he gave himself — is unemployed. Is this the end? Possibly. This limbo is largely self-created. O’Neal, according to team executives, is seeking an $8 million salary. He wants a two-year deal. He is 38. He has trouble staying healthy. He can be helpful in spurts, but he is no longer the menacing figure who once ruled the paint."
  • Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo claimed Chris Bosh pretty much quit on the team last season. Bosh in an interview with SportsNet Canada refutes that : "No, at any time, did I ever give up," Bosh told Sportsnet. "You know, I take that very seriously. I work hard every time I step on the court -- practice, games, shoot-around, whatever you want to say -- I take this job seriously and I take my effort on the court seriously ... I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court. On the back of my jersey, it says Bosh," the 26-year-old forward continued. "The Boshs are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do in our jobs and in life. There was no time, at any time, that I ever stepped on the court -- in my NBA career, in my life -- and stop playing hard or give up."
  • Can Rashard Lewis and Brandon Bass co-exist? Orlando Pinstriped Post investigates : "The biggest takeaway is that Van Gundy's apparently willing to pair the two in the frontcourt with a center, which he didn't do for any meaningful stretch last year, as I've illustrated with the chart above. Will he follow through on it it? In what situations? And, most importantly, will it work? We have another three months, at least, before we'll even begin to have an idea. If nothing else, teaming Lewis and Bass is worth a look, especially early in the season, when there isn't much at stake. If the lineup works, keep it. If not? Junk it, and try something else."
 
 
 
 
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