Mo Williams, Jamario Moon grateful to be in L.A.
It could have been the Mo and Moon Show.
The two newest Clippers, guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon, acquired from the Cavaliers in a trade for Baron Davis and a draft pick, met and entertained the media before the Lakers-Clippers game at Staples Center on Friday night.
They laughed about Charles Barkley declaring them the big winners at the trade deadline. And they weren’t disputing it, not for a moment. Suddenly, it was great to be a Clipper.
Barkley apparently left out Keisha Williams, Mo’s wife.
“She was ecstatic,” Williams said. “Obviously this is the first time in my career I’ve been in a good climate. I always played in cold-weather places. My wife was, ‘That’s why I stuck it out with you.’
“So I appreciate the Clippers for keeping my marriage together.”
That had to be a first for the Clippers.
For Williams and Moon, it was a twist of fate that their new team played a big role in their recent past. The Cavaliers beat the Clippers in overtime Feb. 11 in Cleveland, ending the Cavaliers’ historic 26-game losing streak.
“Well, it wasn’t about the Clippers at that point,” Williams said. “It could have been anybody. If everybody’s grandma was out there, we’re going to take it to them: ‘Sorry, Grandma, we’ve got to get a win tonight.’”
The ride, you might say, was especially wild with the Cavaliers. From LeBron James … to losing James to Miami … to the losing streak, and now, Williams and Moon to the Clippers.
“Man, it was tough,” Moon said. “When LeBron was there, we won a lot of games, and it was pretty easy.”
Williams interrupted, saying: “It wasn’t easy. It looked easy.”
Moon: “He’s right. It wasn’t easy, but we won games. That next year, it was like downhill from there, like a nosedive.”
Chris Kaman wondered what Davis was doing when the team plane landed in Los Angeles in the early morning hours Thursday. Why was he going around and thanking everyone, Kaman thought.
“No one told me till we got back,” Kaman said. “I wish somebody would have told me. … In my mind, they shouldn’t be allowed to trade players till the season is over.”
Kaman’s name, in fact, had bounced around more in trade rumors than Davis’ had in recent months. Kaman has been dealing with an injured left ankle, and the Lakers game was his fourth game back.
“It’s been three months since I played here at Staples Center, and it’s been a long time for me,” he said. “When you’re not playing and you don’t show what you can give them, they’re more apt to forget about you and you might be brought up in a deal.
“I made it safely. So I’m not stressing anymore.”
He claimed that it was a rude awakening when a major trade went down a couple of seasons ago.
“It was crazy. I was like, ‘Whoa, you can do that?’” Kaman said. “You can trade people in the middle of the season? It was like a wake-up call.
“You have all these guys on your team for so long, and then all of a sudden, boom. New guy. ‘Hey, how are you doing? I don’t know you at all. But I’m going to play a game with you tonight.’”
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