‘He Was Looking Lifeless’ – Skip Bayless Says Its Game Over for Lou Williams & LA Clippers Amid Rumors of Trade Talks

Published 11/26/2020, 7:30 PM EST
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: Head coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers argues with Lou Williams #23 against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


The LA Clippers‘ bitterly disappointing playoff run isn’t sparing anyone from criticism or from getting the ax. Firstly long-serving coach Doc Rivers was relieved of his duties. Then their players came under the radar for failing to gel together as a unit. ‘NBA Sixth Man of the Year’ Montrezl Harrell was let go by the front office and signed for their cross-town rivals, the LA Lakers. Now it’s time for his friend and fellow bench specialist Lou Williams to face the music.

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Skip Bayless calls out Lou Williams

Most people in the NBA circle do not take Skip’s opinion seriously. The man is a notorious LeBron hater who regularly comes out with outrageous claims. However, his analysis of Lou Williams is on point. Critical of him for his uninspiring play in the bubble, he said

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“To Chris’ point, it was a clash of old guard versus new guard, but the new guard is way more talented than the old guard. So Lou Williams has seen his best days in this league and I love him. I used to really love him but he has become, in their eyes, expendable. Because he didn’t want to be in the bubble and played like it last year.
LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with Lou Williams (R) against the Dallas Mavericks during the third quarter in game six of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
In the playoff run, he shot 24% from three and he was driving me out of my mind. Because he was looking lifeless, he looked like he was not buying into whatever the new Clippers were selling.”
The 34-year guard clearly did not live up to his high regular-season standards in Orlando. However, what attracted more negative attention wasn’t his poor form but him breaking the strict protocols of the bio-bubble. As a team that can affect your morale and garners negative publicity. Skip said, “He had lemon pepper sauce. We know about the Magic City incident, and I think that was the beginning of the end of Lou Williams at Clippers.”

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What can the LA Clippers get in trade return for Lou Williams?

A 3-time winner of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, he has scored most points off the bench in NBA history. Even though he is 34, his trade value is still high. Clippers would at least want a player of Derrick Rose or Terry Rozier’s caliber in return for him. The Pistons guard is proving him to be a game-changing player off the bench this season.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons plays against the Milwaukee Bucks at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Whatever will be the outcome of the trade, we can definitely say that we won’t see Lou in a Clippers’ jersey again. His sweet time in LA is drawing to a close on a bitter note.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. His fandom for Formula One began with the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP and he fell in love with NBA after watching Dirk Nowitzki create magic on the basketball court. He is also a Manchester United fan.

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