LOS ANGELES – Lou Williams has left the LA Clippers and the NBA’s bubble in Orlando. The 14-year guard left on Thursday following the passing of his grandfather, and is anticipated to rejoin the staff quickly.
“Lou was right here, Pat was right here, Trez was right here, they needed to go for household stuff,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers following Friday’s name with members of the media.
Williams’ absence now makes it 5 gamers the Clippers are at present with out. Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley are additionally tending to private issues. Landry Shamet is recovering from the coronavirus. Ivica Zubac can be again dwelling in Los Angeles and hasn’t joined the staff but in Orlando.
“I feel what the league has realized that groups have already recognized that it’s greater than basketball that comes up,” Rivers added following follow Friday with out Lou Williams. “Guys have life occurring and whether or not or not it’s a household drawback, a child drawback, a spouse drawback, or something, there’s points that are available these guys lives. We give guys days off on a regular basis due to it however nobody actually notices it. Now after we’re in a bubble and you permit, it actually targets it. So I feel within the great way of this, the general public truly sees that the NBA gamers are human, they usually do have common life points occurring. The issue is, often with the life points, you’ll be able to come again to the staff and play the following day. Now with the life points, you need to quarantine for four days. That’s very robust, however we’ve got to try this so all people stays wholesome.”
This staff has caught no breaks as Rivers talked about. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each missed coaching camp coming into the season. Even all through the common season that noticed the Clippers go 44-20, George missed 22 video games, Shamet missed 17, Beverley missed 16, and Leonard missed 13. Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris additionally got here on board late within the season with little follow time.
This season, LA used 29 totally different beginning lineups, most within the league, and had been 10-1 when absolutely wholesome as properly. It’s truthful to say it’s at the least just a little stunning to see how good the Clippers have been contemplating their full lack of follow and sport time as an entire unit.
“I do suppose it at all times hurts your staff while you don’t have all of your guys. At present we’ve got a follow and a variety of our guys aren’t right here. That’s by no means wholesome on your staff, particularly a staff that basically hasn’t been collectively. We’re a brand new staff. We had Kawhi and PG miss coaching camp. PG missed the primary 16 video games, Kawhi missed video games, and Lou… This yr thus far, we actually haven’t caught an amazing break so far as with the ability to work collectively, however I’ve gotta say, this staff thus far they preserve impressing me as properly with their means to determine a approach of taking part in collectively although we don’t have a loot of minutes on the ground taking part in collectively.”
The Clippers received their opening sport within the bubble, a 99-90 victory over the Orlando Magic. It was one among three scrimmage video games the Clippers will play as they gear up for the seeding video games beginning July 30th and the postseason someday shortly after August 14th.
Their subsequent matchup is on Saturday afternoon once they tackle the Washington Wizards. They’ll attempt to maintain down the fort till the important thing members are in a position to rejoin the staff.