first_imgSANTA MONICA — After a road victory in March over the New York Knicks, a reporter asked Lou Williams about potentially winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award again: “What’s it like knowing that you’re in the running and putting yourself in the conversation?”“There’s a conversation?” Williams asked, dismayed. “I don’t know. I think me and Trezz are like 1 and 2. That’s not arrogant, that’s, like, facts.”Whatever discussion there might have been, it’s over.At the annual NBA Awards show ceremony on Monday at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, Williams won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for the second consecutive time and third overall. He beat out Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis and, yes, fellow Clipper Montrezl Harrell while equaling former Clippers guard Jamal Crawford as the only other player to earn the honor so often. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img When he got on stage to accept his latest trophy, the 32-year-old Williams immediately gave a nod to Harrell, and then to Doc Rivers – one of three finalists for the Coach of the Year Award that went to Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer – for their roles in his latest win.“This has been my path for the entirety of my career, so to have an opportunity to be honored for it, it just means a lot,” added Williams, legacy further cemented, in his address to the media a few minutes later.In his 14th NBA go-round, the slight 6-foot-1 guard passed Dell Curry (11,147 points) for No. 1 all-time on the points-off-the-bench leaderboard in a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics on March 11.Williams also led all NBA reserves with 20.1 points per game last season, second-most by any bench player in the last 25 years, behind only his 21.9 effort the previous season – before which he thought, privately, that his playing time had almost run out.“I came to L.A. and I was in an environment where I felt revitalized, and I felt I had something to prove,” Williams said Monday. “That last season, when I got traded from Houston to the Clippers, I reached out to some of my friends and family and basically I was like, ‘This is my last season. I think I’m going to call it quits.’ “So it turned into my own secret farewell party. Only my close friends and family knew what my mindset was. And then coming to L.A. and having an opportunity to win another Sixth Man, it gave me that boost. I really needed that.“To get another one this year, I’m extremely honored and I look forward to the future.”The Clippers will continue to lean on Williams for his leadership and clutch offensive output as they try to build on this past season, when, in his fiercely elegant way, he carried a Clippers team predicted to win 30-some games to 48 victories and six games in their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors – without a current or former All-Star on the roster.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum They did have the “Underground G.O.A.T.”, as Williams’ family and friends have nicknamed him, and they had Harrell, the Clippers’ high-energy forward/center who averaged a career-high 16.6 points, fourth-most off the bench in the league.But before Monday’s ceremony even commenced, Harrell already was offering Williams his heartfelt congratulations.“Well tonight will make it official,” Harrell wrote on Instagram. “Just want to thank the @NBA for even being in the conversation. Congrats to my vet, my OG, my running mate on the court @louwillville … glad I could be a part of the run brother.”And after it was officially official, a grinning Williams expanded on his immediate appreciation.“A lot of my success is due to the chemistry that he and I had,” Williams said. “We play well together; we made history together, being the highest scoring (bench) duo in history. I don’t know the last time I’ve heard of two guys on the same team being finalists, so I wanted to make sure he understood what he means to me and how much I appreciated him to be there with me.”last_img

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