Ex-Cavs guard Mo Williams stands behind former boss
Williams, 28, who was traded to the L.A. Clippers, did a class act by indicating his support to his former boss, Dan Gilbert, in a recent interview on ESPN LA. According to Williams, the Cavaliers boss is a great owner despite speculation that Gilbert is one of the reasons why the labor talks have been derailed.
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September 16, 2011 02:47 pm EDT
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Though no longer with the Cavaliers, Mo Williams has nothing but good things to say about Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland basketball franchise.
In a recent interview on ESPN LA, Williams, 28, who was asked about LeBron James, Gilbert and his time in Cleveland, indicated his support to his former boss, saying that Gilbert is a great owner despite speculation that he is one of the reasons why talks between owner and players have hit a snag.
“First of all, the owner [in Cleveland] that you’re speaking of is a great owner. I’ve gotten to know him for three years and I’ve got nothing but great things to say about him. … But that all being said, I’m absolutely excited about the season and hopefully we can get something done,” said Williams as reported by Sports Radio Interviews.com.
Williams, who after arriving in Cleveland began to explode offensively alongside James, was then asked why Gilbert allowed the core of the Cavaliers to disintegrate by not finding a way to keep him and LeBron together.
Williams, who is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, responded: “Just look at the team, man. That team came from nothing when he bought that team. Obviously he had LeBron James, yeah, one of the best players to ever play the game. That being said, he did a lot of great things for that team and that city. You can’t take that from him.”
After the much-criticized departure of James from Cleveland, Williams took the brunt of the scoring load but he was eventually traded in February 2011 by Gilbert to the Clippers along with Jamario Moon in exchange for Baron Davis and a first round pick.
Williams was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft after starring during his brief stay in Alabama. He signed with the Milwaukee Bucks after the Jazz released him following his rookie season.
In Milwaukee, Williams initially came off the bench for injured starting point guard TJ Ford before taking over the position after the Bucks traded Ford.
In August 2008, Williams was part of a three-team, multi-player deal involving Cleveland, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, eventually ending with the Cavaliers.
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