Lou Williams has been around the block for quite a bit. However, only a few will argue that the best stint of his career was during his spell with the LA Clippers. After all, it was in LA where he won two out of the three Sixth Man of the Year titles he has in his trophy cabinet.
Be that as it may, Williams himself admits that he never really wanted to join the Clippers in the first place. Speaking to Draymond Green on a recent episode of his podcast, Williams revealed that after being traded twice in six months, he honestly believed that his career was all but over. The 6-foot-1 combo guard also admitted that at that point in time, he wanted nothing to do with LA.
Williams' unacceptable attitude did not sit well with then-Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. The pair had an early confrontation that in hindsight, actually led to a complete turnaround for Williams (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter):
“If you know Doc, he don't hold no punches,” Williams said. “He like, ‘I ain't feeling [your energy]. You don't wanna be here?' I said, ‘I don't. I got traded twice in six months. No, y'all weren't on my radar.' I wasn't a big Clippers fan. … He like, ‘Look, we reset and we reenergizing. I don't know what else I need to tell you but this is gonna be your home. I'm gonna allow you to be yourself. And we're gonna do something special here.' Doc told me that Day 1. For whatever reason, I believed him. For whatever reason, I bought in. And my Clippers run is by far the best I've felt playing basketball in my entire career.”
"For whatever reason I believed him, I bought in. And my Clippers run is by far the best I've felt playing basketball in my entire career."
Lou Williams on how Doc Rivers got him to buy into his time with the Clippers 🙏🏽
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 21, 2022
True enough, Rivers stayed true to his promise. This led to Williams playing some of the best basketball of his career. To this very day, it is clear that the Clippers hold a special place in Lou Williams' heart — and so does the great Doc Rivers.