Mo Williams has spent much of his
summer thinking about LeBron James’ controversial departure from Cleveland and
his role on the 2010-2011 Cavaliers.
On Sunday, the new face of the
Cavaliers’ franchise talked with the old one. Face to face. Williams ran into
James outside Cleveland Hopkins Airport, a chance meeting that happened only
after Williams’ arrival was delayed for several hours.
Williams told reporters at the
Cavaliers Youth Fund Golf Classic that he and James had a “much-needed
“Part of me is still sour but I
don’t wish anything bad on anybody,” Williams said. “He’s a close friend. He
has enough people rooting against him. He don’t need one more.”
Williams was among the first NBA
players to talk publicly after James made his move to Miami to join Dwayne Wade
and Chris Bosh on the Heat. He was especially vocal after reading James’
comments in a GQ article saying: “My heart has been ripped out. Watch your
mouth LeBron, I read your article.” The starting guard for the Cavs was
espeically critical of Dwyane Wade after Wade was quoted saying James’ Cavalier
teammates “didn’t help him out” in this spring’s playoffs.
Interestingly Williams said he and
Wade are friends and that he was sticking up for himself and his team-mates. He
said he and James remain close friends too though he did say they haven’t been
in touch over the last seven weeks before talking Sunday.
“Our conversation went well,”
Williams said. “Our friendship is beyond basketball. The basketball decision
touched me emotionally. I wish him the best. He made what he felt was the best
decision for him.”
Williams didn’t need to be reminded
that 2 December is the Cavaliers’ first game against the Heat. For the likes of
Anderson Varejao it will be the first time without the NBA’s reigning two-time
“It’s going to be an emotional day
for everybody, especially the fans,” Williams said.
The Cavaliers have a lot work to do
before then and that work is set to begin in four weeks or so with the team’s first
LeBron-less training camp since 2002. There will be plenty of adjusting for
Williams with new head coach Byron Scott and former Milwaukee Buck Ramon
Sessions in the back-court.