Lou Williams on being a Clipper in a Lakers-dominated town
Los Angeles basketball has traditionally been synonymous with the Lakers. Yet, even as the Lakers brought in Anthony Davis in a blockbuster deal during the offseason, the Clippers arguably generated the biggest buzz of any NBA team during the summer, signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George. With those moves, that duo joined NBA Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, who has helped the franchise embrace it’s role in a city that now has two basketball powers.
“Our mindsets, our personalities are perfect for it,” Williams said in reference to the team’s role as “little brother” in Los Angeles to the Lakers. “We like being the underdogs. You wanna hit us with ’16 rings’? That’s cool. We working on ours though. We embrace it.”
Lou Williams on being ‘the little brother’ Clippers in a Lakers town – “Our mindsets, our personalities are perfect for it. We like being the underdogs. You wanna hit us with the '16 rings?’ That’s cool. We workin on ours though. We embrace it.” pic.twitter.com/mOYf93ccH7
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If early returns are indication, the two teams will be jockeying for position atop the standings for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. The Lakers enter play Thursday in first place in the Western Conference with a 12-2 mark, while the Clippers sit fourth at 10-5. One of the Lakers’ two losses came opening night to the Clippers when Lou Williams dropped 21 points off the bench.
While both rosters feature a plethora of talent, Lou Williams hopes that his group is able to mesh quicker than the revamped Lakers roster. Aside from the All-Star duo of Leonard and George, the Clippers return many of their key pieces from last season, who all played under head coach Doc Rivers, while the Lakers dealt much of their young talent to acquire Davis.
The two teams next face off on Christmas Day.