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Blazers G Mo Williams Settles Into Life In Portland, Role

Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams settles into life in Portland after signing as a free-agent this summer.

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New Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams was the subject of a bunch of articles this week after making his preseason debut.

Chris Haynes of writes that Williams and his family are adjusting nicely to Portland...

"They say the grass is not always greener on the other side, but it's green here," Williams said. "So why leave?

"I'm very happy with where I am. And to be honestly with you, you're the first person I'm telling this to, I like it here so much, I can see myself here for a long time. Hopefully that can work out."

Williams' wife, Keisha, and their five boys have found the Pacific Northwest "appealing" and "pleasurable," making the transition to a different city and team that much easier for Williams.

"They love it," Williams said. "The wife loves it and that's a plus. If they didn't like it, they would have to deal with it, but it helps when they love it. They don't just like it, they love it."

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune writes...

"Originally when we got him, I envisioned the same type of role as Jason Terry had in Dallas," said Stotts, an assistant coach with the Mavericks for four years prior to taking over in Portland last season. "Mo will play more point guard than Jet did, but he'll be a guy who can come in and score points. He's versatile. He can play off the ball. It helps Damian from an offensive standpoint. I like that he can play with Damian and be the primary ballhandler."

His performance was a mixed bag. He hit a nice floater in the key, took the ball to the well for a left-handed layup and three-point play and aggressively drove and drew a shooting foul on the next possession. He also had five turnovers, dribbling a ball off teammate Joel Freeland's foot and serving up a lob pass far too low for Will Barton.

"I felt better than I expected," Williams said. "We came into the game saying I'd play 12 minutes. I played (26) and I felt pretty good. I'm ahead of where I thought I'd be physically. All the extra work has paid off."

Erik Gundersen of The Columbian writes on the veteran/young guy point guard dynamics at play on Portland's roster...

Mo Williams, entering his 11th season, and Earl Watson, entering his 13th season, are sharing their wisdom with Lillard.

"It's his second year in the league, I was still trying to find myself," Williams said. "He's beyond where I was at year two. So, the things I've learned from guys like CP (Chris Paul), LeBron, playing with those guys, I give him tips and things that I've learned personally."

In case you missed it in September, All That Amar had a thorough breakdown of Williams' 2012-13 season with the Utah Jazz.

Here's the story on how Williams was able to coax his preferred jersey number 25 from fellow Jazz teammate, and current Blazers teammate, Earl Watson.

I wrote about Williams' preseason debut right here.

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter