Mo Williams and Jamario Moon were sent to the Los Angeles Clippers to complement rookie sensation Blake Griffin. Performing virtually the same duties as Baron Davis did with LA, Mo Williams had a reasonably decent end to a mediocre season.
His heart was there but his body just refused to excel at the heights of his potential. Maybe his moment in the spotlight is over, but these two players were not the only subjects that Clippers’ front office should have let go for greener pastures.
You have to love a guy who stands up for his team before, during and after the firestorm like Daniel “Booby” Gibson continues to do when comments strike the web about how insufficient the Cleveland Cavaliers were, as reported by Cleveland.com.
“The way it’s said, you can’t help but take it personal. … I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great.
“Great players shouldn’t have to do that.
“So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”
Never recanting statements that seem to come from his heart, Gibson is one of the most loyal athletes I have seen in basketball in a very long time. Well, in the age of the flock anyway.
With all of those precious factors taken into consideration, it seems almost unfair to point out how insignificant his contributions have been to the team.
Maybe it is because the vitality of the franchise has seeped through the pores of the hardwood, but Gibson seems a lot less into the game than before. Being beaten night after night will do something cynical to a man or woman’s personality and morale. Although he averaged more points this season than any other season with the Cavaliers, improving +5.3 from last year, his rising point average did nothing instrumental for his team or the fans he played for repeatedly.
It seems as if he has reached the peak of his abilities. That may serve a fine purpose for another team in the league, but Owner Gilbert must consider blowing up the entire roster, with the exception of the younger, rising athletes acquired most recently.
He is a grand role player, but if the Cavaliers want to return to the days of Mike Brown, they must put specific players in place to achieve the common goal. Greatness comes with the determent of friendships and longtime bonds. Unfortunately, Gibson seems to be on the short end of the playoff berth stick.
Being the fourth highest paid player on the roster, I would expect him to have a higher player efficiency rating than 13.3. I can appreciate the sentiment expressed in keeping him on board as the front office attempt the right the path of a wine and gold colored ship on such a turmoil filled journey.
Still, considering the objective, business standpoint of it all, Gibson seems replaceable, as he has become more known for his quotes in the media and his family life, than his production off the bench.