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Clippers’ Lou Williams tells story of winning $15,000 bet by drinking a six-pack


Even Lou Williams did not escape some good old-fashioned rookie hazing back in his early years in the league. The Los Angeles Clippers guard, who was originally drafted 45th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2005, recalled a hilarious story that earned him $15,000 for some underage drinking.

Appearing in the All The Smoke Podcast hosted by retired NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, “Sweet Lou” talked about being dared by his teammates to consume an entire six-pack of beer during a team bus ride on their way to board a plane.

Barnes, who was teammates with Williams in Philly, recalled that Lou was 19 years old and fresh out of high school at the time.

Williams obliged and got his 15 grand — much to the delight of veterans in the team that included Allen Iverson and Chris Webber.

“We almost got worried, like damn how are we going to carry Lou? He kind of had his arm slumped in AI’s shoulder. Me and C-Webb were just kind of in front. He handled himself well, but he was f**ked up,” Barnes said of Williams, while Jackson was laughing in the background.

Now on his 14th year in the league, Williams, 33, has evolved into one of the best reserve players the league has ever seen. Williams holds the NBA record for most points scored off the bench and was recognized as the league’s Sixth Man of the Year three times.

Lou continues to hit big shots for the Clippers, averaging 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 32 minutes off the bench. He is making 42.1 percent of his shots from the field and 32.9 from downtown.