It was a long time ago that Mo Williams was playing in Tuscaloosa. His two years in Alabama were not particularly noteworthy as he left after averaging 16.4 points per game. His NBA career too was rather pedestrian in the end.
Williams had his strong run, making an All-Star team in 2009 playing alongside LeBron James as the Cavaliers came close to winning a title. His career fell flat though as efficiency became valued and James left for Miami to begin winning his titles.
James’ return to Cleveland the championship he delivered was an emotional homecoming for him and an emotional victory for a city hungry for a championship, stuck in a legendary title drought.
Mo Williams did not play very much in his return to Cleveland — just 68 minutes played across 13 games in the Playoffs. His All-Star days are long behind him. But for Williams, who had been a part of James’ best teams with both stints in Cleveland, it was special too. A matter of redemption for him.
As the Cavaliers celebrated their new title, Williams was left speechless at how his career had come full circle:
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“Words can’t explain,” Williams told FOX Sports Ohio after Sunday’s game. “This was the most. . . team that put together . . . and we did it.”
Williams had difficulty putting the moment together into words. He had played four seasons of his long career in Cleveland and made his mark in the league, whatever it might be there.
The Alabama native and Alabama alum is a champion.