Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams was a guest on NBATV's Gametime last week.
Williams discussed his first season with the Blazers, his relationship with coach Terry Stotts and his exchange with Houston Rockets rookie Troy Daniels during the first round of the playoffs.
Videos of the appearance can be found in the FanShots thanks to conspirator5.
Here's a transcript.
How was your year this year in Portland?
It was great, Portland was great, the fans were great. I think you guys will attest to this: I think we started off the year -- the predictions the experts had us predicted as -- I think we overachieved from that aspect and I thought we did a great job.
You guys had an interesting, exciting series against Houston. Talk about that. Houston was kind of the favorite with a lot of us experts picking. What did you guys do and how did you guys come together to overcome the Houston Rockets?
I thought we were more together. I thought we genuinely played for one another and I thought that everybody in that series took a sacrifice of "what I can do in this series for us to win this series" and I thought that every man from top to bottom, one to fifteen, coaches included, took it upon themselves to do what they do for this team -- to make sure we're successful in this series and we did those things.
What is it that Terry Stotts talked to you about, in terms of your approach, what he needed from you this year to put them in that position to win a playoff series and to have some potency off the bench?
The thing that I had going for myself was that I had history with [Stotts] and I was in the same situation that I played for him: as a backup guard that I did with Milwaukee my third year in the NBA. One thing that he wanted me to do was to come in and be aggressive, pick up some scoring -- especially coming off the bench, but not only that. Be a veteran leader to a young team. Have a Damian Lillard come into his second year being a leader on the court with him, and Earl Watson being another guy that didn't play that much, but he was very valuable to us, being a voice for us, like a Chauncey Billups was in LA when he was hurt.
The youth of that team was a problem for them and I thought that bringing myself in, bring [Watson], bringing another guy with Dorell Wright, having ten years in the league. I thought that assured a lot of things on the bench and having guys like Thomas Robinson and Will Barton, those guys, getting CJ [McCollum], he's going to be a guy that's going to get minutes. Meyers [Leonard] is another. Those guys are young and they're going to have their opportunity but I thought that bringing myself, [Wright], [Watson], that veteran -- what you need in this league, especially coming off the bench going in the playoffs.
Is it a good idea to talk trash to the King?
LeBron [James] is not really a trash-talking type player. He kind of goes about his business and just handles it. I didn't expect that so to get something back out of him was impressive. We'll see where that goes. It can be good or bad. I'm not used to him talking back. I'm used to him just going out there, handling his business, just keep it moving.
Do you agree with Lance Stephenson that it's a sign of weakness with LeBron James?
I wouldn't say it's a sign of weakness because I do a lot of trash talking. If you noticed in the Houston Rockets series, I was messing with the rookie Troy Daniels. He came out lighting us up, making all kinds of shots and 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 home boys got to call him, all his friends, his mom, his sister, everybody [asking] "what's going on? Something wrong with you guys?" It's nothing wrong with us.
The thing is it's all a tactic and that's what Lance Stephenson is trying to do and [James] knows he's doing it. [James] is an intelligent basketball player. If he says something back to him, he says something for a reason and I think that's more just to see if he's ready for that because he wasn't expecting [James] to say anything back to him.
-- Sagar Trika | @BlazersBySagar