TRIBUTE TO KOBE BRYANT WITH NEW SONG "24"
Lou Williams has a new EP on the way this week, but before it drops he's shared a touching tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Titled after Kobe's jersey number, "24" sees Williams explaining what Kobe meant to him as both a friend and a former teammate.
Taken from his new six-song EP Syx Piece, dropping Feb. 14, the song also sees Williams reflect on how Kobe encouraged him to always strive to be the best. "I just wanted to write an open letter to a dear friend of mine," he told Complex about the song. "Mamba mentality I'm just tryna' be great," he starts the track. "Look at my wrist you see a trophy/I'm just tryna' be like Kobe." The track features contributions from Landstrip Chip and Mitchelle'l.
Following Kobe's death on Jan. 26, Williams made it clear just how much Kobe meant to him. "Been crying on and off," he tweeted following the news. "Have a random thought about things we spoke about then laugh. Cry again. Then I tell myself tighten up, mamba was tough. Wipe my eyes. Cry again."
Now with the Los Angeles Clippers, Williams was named NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the third time in 2019. His EP's title is a tribute to both his son, who's also named Syx, and his perennial status as the NBA's top 6th man.
LOU WILLIAMS WINS RECORD-TYING 3RD SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lou Williams has cemented himself as one of the best bench players in NBA history by winning Sixth Man of the Year for the third time.
Tonight at the NBA Awards, Lou Williams won his third Sixth Man of the Year Award, tying Jamal Crawford for the most ever, and his second as a Clipper. He beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell and Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis for the award, and did so easily — he received 96 out of 100 1st place votes, so there was not a doubt in anyone’s mind whose award this was. Montrezl got two 1st place votes, 30 2nd place votes, and 42 3rd place votes, putting him at 3rd overall.
Lou averaged 20.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game off the bench, shooting 42.5% from the field, 36.1% from three, and 87.6% from the free throw line. He led the Clippers in scoring and assists, and was the driving force of their offense, which finished in the NBA’s top 10.
During the season, Lou became the all-time leading scorer off the bench in NBA history, and will only keep moving up the record books over the years to come. He was invaluable on the court and in the locker room for the Clippers, and hopefully can win his 4th 6th Man of the Year with the Clips next year, separating himself from even Jamal. Lou is one of the greatest bench players in basketball history, and he’s been a joy to watch. Congrats Lou!
LOU WILLIAMS MAKES NBA HISTORY
Lou Williams: All-time bench mark 'special to me'.
When Lou Williams started his pro career in 2005 coming off the bench in Philadelphia, he felt some "resentment" and a burning desire to prove people wrong about his reserve role.
Thirteen seasons later, Williams is not only the reigning Sixth Man of the Year but now he has scored more points off the bench than anyone in NBA history. On Monday, the Clippers' super sub passed Dell Curry for most career points scored by a reserve with 9 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a 140-115 blowout win over the Boston Celtics.
"Anytime you can say to have 'of all time' next to your name, no matter what it is, it's special," Williams said of becoming the the NBA's most prolific scorer off the bench. "With being a sixth man and being a career bench player, to have an opportunity to be something that says ever at the end of it is special to me."
Williams is on an absolute tear as the Clippers continue their surprising run for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Williams has scored 30 or more points six times in his past 16 games, including a total of 74 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his past two games alone.
Williams helped the Clippers win their fifth straight and move into the sixth spot with a game-high 34 points, five assists and four rebounds. This came after he became the first reserve in NBA history to have 40 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals on Friday in a win over Oklahoma City.
"He's really crafty, really smart, been able to score forever," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I walked into an open gym while he was in high school. He walked in a little bit late and said, 'Check ball,' and killed everybody.
"He's been that way his whole NBA career. He walks in and just scores. He has a special knack for it."
Williams entered the night trailing Curry (11,147) by 27 points. He passed former Clipper Jamal Crawford for second all-time with the win over the Thunder on Friday.
That performance marked Williams' 28th career game with 30 or more points, the most by a bench player since data for reserve scoring started being tracked in 1970-71. Williams entered the night leading the NBA among all reserves in scoring with a 20.2 points per game average.
"It's amazing," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game. "If you're anything that ends in 'ever' in the NBA, that's pretty impressive. ... The way Lou does it with his size and his shot, but more importantly how much he finishes in the paint, I think that is what surprises me the most since coaching him is how often he gets in the paint and finishes over bigs. It's just remarkable."
During his 14 seasons, Williams has started just 109 games out of a total of 923 contests. Williams said he learned to embrace his reserve role initially looking to prove people wrong.
"It took some time, it kind of took some resentment," Williams said of embracing coming off the bench. "If you think that I got to come off the bench, then I am going to put you in a position to try to prove you wrong. Then after a while, it was kind of fun and over the years it was my makeup."
Rivers said the most surprising thing about Williams is his leadership in the Clippers' locker room.
"He's our leader," teammate Pat Beverley said. "He's so smooth. He doesn't shy away from the big moment. ... I think he's the only person in this locker room that can calm me down and that's big time because a lot of people can't. When Lou talks, we listen."
On Monday night with 6:52 remaining in the game during a timeout, it was Williams' turn to listen as the Staples Center crowd showered the guard with applause for becoming the all-time leading bench scorer in history.
"I've always embraced my role," Williams said. "I think that is what makes it special. That is part of my legacy as well. That is part of what people will remember me for so you might as well be the best at that."
(Article Credit: *Information from ESPN's Tim Bontemps was used in this report.*
LOU WILLIAMS JOINS OWNERSHIP TEAM OF A3C FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE
Three time NBA '6th Man of the Year', Lou Williams, has joined 2 Chainz, the Gathering Spot and Paul Judge Media, on the new Culture Creators Ownership Group for acclaimed Atlanta rooted music festival and conference, A3C Festival & Conference. This year celebrates the 15th anniversary of A3C and the ownership team has rolled out a new conference hub, America's Mart, as well as a star-studded line up of performers and speakers. Some of this years talent includes: Stacey Abrams, Megan Thee Stallion, Yasiin Bey, YG, T.I., Dapper Dan, Gary Vee, Charlamagne Tha God, Karen Civil and many more. The A3C Culture Creator Ownership Group is composed of individuals that have impacted business, lifestyle, music, tech, film, sports and culture. They have invested in A3C and thereby invested in Atlanta and the future of the culture.
This is one of many business ventures for the Clippers star, as he continues to thrive on and off the court. "I'm happy to join this team of Atlanta based professionals in the acquisition of A3C Festival & Conference. Music has always been a huge passion of mine, so I'm very excited to be included in the growth of this amazing brand," Lou Williams states.