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Lou Williams argues sports is a ‘distraction’ amid ongoing social issues

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Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Lou Williams wants to play basketball again. However, the three-time Sixth Man of the Year Award winner acknowledges that the return of sports may be a distraction from the nationwide protests and civil unrest.

That’s something Williams admitted has been on his mind as of late:

Kyrie Irving led a phone call with over 80 players on Friday. According to reports, the Brooklyn Nets star point guard said he’s not comfortable with the 2019-20 season resuming with the current social climate.

Lou Williams and the Clippers had the second-best record in the Western Conference standings before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March. Williams understands that people need sports back in their lives, but the veteran guard also knows that the protests and Black Lives Matter Movement may lose steam once sports are back on TV.

Lou was averaging 18.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Clippers in 60 games prior to the NBA hiatus. The 33-year-old was also shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Clippers racked up 44 wins before games were suspended. Only time will tell if we’ll see Williams and Co. at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. There are some around the league who believe Friday’s phone call led by Irving may have been a turning point.