May 26, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
Remember when Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams got in the face of Rockets rookie Troy Daniels following Game 4 of the Trail Blazers-Rockets series?
It was really strange, because there was no clear reason for Williams to be upset with Daniels.
Daniels was the unlikely hero of Game 3, and he made 4-of-5 3-pointers in Game 4. But he’d had no apparent issues with Williams to that point.
Portland won the series in six games, and it seemed the feud would remain a mystery. But Williams is spilling the beans.
Williams on NBA TV (hat tip: John Canzano of The Oregonian):
My thing was, let me get him some attention. Let me get the reporters in his locker room asking him questions about me that has nothing to do with the game. Now, all his homeboys got to call him – all his friends, his mom, his sister, everybody. ‘What’s going on? Is something wrong with you guys?’ ‘There’s nothing wrong with us.’ The thing is, it’s all a tactic.
That. Is. Genius. I can’t say enough how much I love this tactic.
Now, Williams can add so many layers of reverse psychology. The next time he jaws with an opponent, is he serious or just acting? The other player’s head can spin in circles as he tries to figure it out – which is exactly what Williams wants.
- Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston 4
- Report: Minnesota agrees to trade Corey Brewer to Houston 5
- Dallas moves into title contender status with addition of Rajon Rondo 42
- Kevin Durant turns ankle, leaves game not to return; X-rays negative. 4
- Report: Celtics ‘pretty pleased’ with return they got in trade for Rajon Rondo 31
- PBT Extra: Jabari Parker’s injury, what does it mean for Bucks, Rookie of Year race? 5
- Reports: Celtics agree to trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas Mavericks 39
- Andrew Bogut undergoes PRP therapy on knee, out indefinitely 9