Mo Williams must have spent part of his Memorial Day watching White Men Can’t Jump in his Orlando hotel, ’cause after struggling through the first three games of the Cavs/Magic conference finals (17 ppg, 32% FG), he’s suddenly feelin’ himself an awful lot.
“We’re the best team in basketball,” Williams said in an interview today posted by the Associated Press. “(The Magic) deserve respect. They’re a good team. But we’re the best team in basketball. I don’t feel that they’ve had to adjust to us one time in the series.”
Naturally, Mo was then asked if that meant he was guaranteeing a win, and naturally he couldn’t back down from that bait.
“Guarantee we’re going to win the series? Yeah, yeah,” Williams said. “We’re down 2-1. But there’s nobody on this team and definitely not myself that says we’re not going to win this series. Yeah, it’s going to be tough. We know that. We get this game tomorrow, go home, still got home-court advantage. We don’t see ourselves losing two out of three at home.”
Mo has been around the block enough to know that spitting out guarantees like that will put the bulls-eye squarely on him to deliver, and that his words would definitely make it back to Orlando’s locker room; this isn’t like promising an audience of one that he and LeBron would beat King and Duck on the playground.
At the same time, I’ve always thought that guarantees in pro sports get blown out of proportion. Make no mistake: EVERYBODY on both rosters is thinking, “We’re gonna win,” so it’s not like Mo laid down some extra gauntlet here. As for the concept of “bulletin board material,” I would hope the Magic don’t need a boost of motivation when they’re already playing for a shot at the NBA Finals.