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Cavaliers Mo Williams almost walked away after LeBron's decision

Sep 20, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

mwilliams_stand.jpgHow depressed was Mo Williams after LeBron James decided he was taking his talents to South Beach? After watching his coach and GM leave and realize the Cavaliers were starting over.

How about walking away from $26 million depressed. In a refreshingly honest interview by Marc Spears of Yahoo, Mo Williams said he almost walked away from all that money left on his contract. He almost quit.

“That’s how bad it got,” Williams said. “I contemplated it. I really sat down and envisioned life after basketball. …I really saw myself not playing.

“It just didn’t make sense to me. …It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Williams vented that the night of the decision, tweeting about denial, bargaining and seeming to move through the stages of grief. He was expressing what the Cavaliers fans throughout Ohio.

In a matter of moments the Cavaliers went from a title contender to a team that will struggle to make the playoffs. It’s a huge drop, and an emotionally devastating one for real competitors. The entire

“This summer was very, very stressful for me,” Williams said. “I really lost a lot of love for the game this summer.

“You play this game for one reason. You play to win games and win championships. I couldn’t understand why a lot of things were happening to our organization, to a really good basketball team. I couldn’t really understand it. And when you don’t understand things, it can really stress you out.”

The business of basketball can suck the fun out of it.

Williams has a lot on his shoulders. Now he will have to take on a big role, the point guard who is one of only a handful of players on this team who can create his own shot. He is a leader.

He will work hard, he will have big nights. But he knows it will not be the same.

  1. Ro - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    what a puss

  2. dave - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    So he was mad he signed a contract worth a ton and figured he would ride cot tails to a championship. If you walk away from that much cause someone leaves you arent a big enough force to deserve that much money. someone getting paid that much should be good enough to say ok I am a good player we will still play hard and win. Obviously he felt his way to a title was on the back of LBJ

  3. dave - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    So he was mad he signed a contract worth a ton and figured he would ride cot tails to a championship. If you walk away from that much cause someone leaves you arent a big enough force to deserve that much money. someone getting paid that much should be good enough to say ok I am a good player we will still play hard and win. Obviously he felt his way to a title was on the back of LBJ

  4. aussie4 - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Being a Retired U.S. Marine with one eye due to a grenade, give me just a small % of that 26million and see if I cant find some fun in basketball or anything else. If my fellow Vets made anywhere near that kind of money for playing a game instead of whining we would, but then again in the Marines were Brothers, something lebron and the bunch has no idea of.

  5. LT - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Yeah, he was sad to see LaCry Baby AND his mom moving to south beach!! You can always see his mother when she comes to town visiting relatives :-)

  6. KB - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    You are all idiots operating in one dimension. Just because someone makes a lot of money doesnt make that person do what he does just because of it. Perhaps he plays for the love of competition and is just lucky enough someone wants to pay him a lot to do it. Hey one eye, you would think you would be experienced enough and mature enough to ‘look’ a little deeper. ;)

  7. KB - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    You are all idiots operating in one dimension. Just because someone makes a lot of money doesnt make that person do what he does just because of it. Perhaps he plays for the love of competition and is just lucky enough someone wants to pay him a lot to do it. Hey one eye, you would think you would be experienced enough and mature enough to ‘look’ a little deeper. ;)

  8. Cmac - Sep 21, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    ANY player would feel this way if someone gutted his team. Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom would feel that way if Kobe suddenly left the Lakers. The particular team is irrelevant. It’s human nature. He was on a good team (meaning more players than himself) and that TEAM had a high enough talent level to compete for a title. The team he is now on will likely miss the playoffs altogether. Yeah, that would suck for anyone. Nuff said.

  9. DaveH - Sep 21, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    LT, that rumor you’re referring to didn’t involve Mo, by the way.
    In Mo’s case, the Cavs were primed for years of championship runs. It’s an exciting and fun thing to look forward to. Then your coaching staff was fired, your GM decided not to return, and your best player jumped ship. All of a sudden, that promising future of winning 60+ games a year and contending for titles is gone in the blink of an eye, and for no good reason. Forget the money for a second, purely as a competitor, it would be like a kick to the gut.
    I can see where Mo is coming from, and anyone who can’t apparently has never played team sports, or you would.

  10. paine - Sep 21, 2010 at 2:55 AM

    somebody needs to get fired for misspelling, poor grammar, and poor punctuation. who the hell wrote this nbcsports article. a 5th grader has better editing skills.

  11. wizard of Oz - Sep 21, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    and a bunch of 5th graders have been attempting to write about the article. go to school, fools and leave the thinking to adults.

  12. doc - Sep 21, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    i shur due like redding these intrestin storys about how harde sum pepple hafe to work and how they stuggle … mo may be sad butt he was not always nice to kurly and lary so i dont fele so sorry for him

  13. proof reader - Sep 21, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    Your prose isn’t college material either. Could you have possibly written it?

  14. Derrick - Sep 21, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    Mo should look at this as a oportunity for him to step up and become a better player.

  15. Rainbow Neopia - Sep 21, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Wow… I just have to say the “one eye” comment is totally out of line. I don’t care if you agree with what he is saying or not; the fact is that he lost an eye in service to OUR country. How about you show a little bit of maturity and respect. I hope that you never lose a limb and have to deal with the idiotic comments you posted.

  16. donw - Sep 21, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    What a crock of an article.
    I have a bridge I’ll sell to any reader that believes this article.
    Either Williams is a total manipulator of Cleavland fans, or he is just another quitter.
    Oh-h-h, but that’s right. Mo doesn’t need the money because the recession ended in the Spring of 2009.
    That explains it all.

  17. King James - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    A wise man once said, just because you can comment doesn’t mean you should.
    You have people beating down a serviceman for expressing his opinion.
    Then there are those of you that focus on the money and only the money. Yes it is ridiculous what pro athletes get paid when you compare it to more critical jobs, like our men and women in the service, police and fire fighters, medical professionals, teachers….
    This article wasn’t about that. It was about a player being disenfranchised with the entire NBA experience. It wasn’t just LeQuit leaving the team, it was a dismantling of the entire structure.
    All you losers that come on here just to be idiots need to do us all a favor and back away from the keyboard or better yet, just stay the hell off the internet.

  18. west - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    LeBron has his Wade… Mo wants to have his Wade too…

  19. Steve to a real "paine" - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Hey paine-you are an idiot. If you are going to complain about how things are written you better make sure there are no mistakes in your reply. Capitalizing at the beginning of a sentence is taught in second grade. Unless you are a first grader it would be best to leave the corrections to someone who actually knows how to edit.

  20. ... - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Seriously dude???? That guy is a Marine who fought for your right to be able to trash him like that. Show some respect you ignorant douchebag. Your the truest form of scumbag

  21. JPerz - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Wether he is in the game for the money or he love for the sport is personal and I’m not gonna mess with that. But at this point in his life he should be mature enough to make his own path unattached to any other athlete. This is what happens when players play for teams because of the presence of another players. Also is proof of how poor was the supporting cast around LBJ, cause if the Lakers lose Kobe or God forbid he miss the whole season due to injury still Im sure they’ll make the playoffs. How can he expect other people to look at him as a leader if he doubt of his capabilities himself? His first thoughts were leaving instead of thinking he was going to become the face of the team while he displays a slight sense of being a bit explosive person.
    @Aussie4 I am deeply sorry for what happened and I am sorry there is always some ignorant making some idiotic comment. But J can also say that this is not the right place to bring facts like that (due to immaturity mostly), I think you should try to leave those facts for yourself.

  22. Steve to "aussie4" - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    aussie4-get your cry baby butt off this site-I do not believe for one second that you ever served in the military. No marine would ever start whinning about what happened to them. You make a valid point on the fact that there are plenty of reasons for not feeling sorry for yourself while making an incredible amount of money,but do not tarnish your idea by pretending to be something you are not and putting words in the mouths of those that trully served-it shows an incredible amount of disrespect.

  23. katri young - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Go Celtics!!!

  24. Mojib72 - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Cmac Dave might not have played a team sports b4 cus if he did, he should not have writtted made this statement.looking at the makeup of the cavs, they will have to run a new system with a new go-to person. Man it sucks come to thaing about what LBJ did to his boys. It makes u thing, if things don’t go the way he hopes it would, will he take his talent else where. The management was trying to buld a chaponship team around him. Come on Dave.

  25. Chillin' in SC - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I think Mo showed a lot of class in his comments. People complain about honesty in this country and then when someone shares something as real as his feelings after LeBron’s desertion, he get’s hammered for it. Personally, I think if he’d felt any differently I would think there was something wrong with him. People write that they are sick of Cleveland’s “whining” about LeBron’s departure, but it was truly heartbreaking;Moe’s honesty about his feelings made me feel better. It hopes to understand that the players cared as much as the fans.
    Oh,and that comment about the Marine who lost his eye was so out of line! I’m ashamed for whomever wrote it!

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