HoopsHype Louis Williams rumors


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The Atlanta Hawks say they are optimistic guard Lou Williams will be ready for training camp following reconstructive surgery on his right knee. Williams' surgery was performed on Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews, leaving about eight months before the start of next season's training camp. The Hawks say they are basing their optimism on the success of other athletes who have had surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate ligaments, including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. NBA.com

February 7, 2013 Updates

Hawks guard Lou Williams had surgery today to repair a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, FL. The surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and assisted by Hawks orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ashok Reddy from the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. Williams will now undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation for his torn ACL. He will spend the next 2-3 weeks beginning his rehabilitation at the Andrews Institute. His status will be updated as appropriate throughout his recovery. NBA.com

January 19, 2013 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: Hawks G Lou Williams will miss rest of the season with a torn ACL in right knee. X-rays last night were negative. MRI today revealed injury. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

“We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery,” said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. “He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation.” SI.com

The Hawks lost Williams with 7:12 remaining in the second quarter with an initial diagnosis of a right knee sprain pending further tests. Williams was driving to the basket and pulled up without contact. He screamed out several times as he continued off the court without putting weight on his leg. After lying down in the entryway to the arena to be attended to by Hawks trainers, Williams was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 28, 2012 Updates

“I thought it was a group that was still capable of winning after Joe left, and the other offers that I had on the table were really teams that were rebuilding and I didn’t really want to go through that scenario,” Williams tells HOOPSWORLD. “I was in a situation in Philadelphia where I felt like that was a team that was turning the corner to be a pretty good team, so to have success in Philadelphia, and then leaving, I didn’t want to start over.” HoopsWorld

December 22, 2012 Updates

“We miss Lou dearly. I miss his smile, his personality and all he brought to this team,” Sixers head coach Doug Collins said. “I think he has led them in scoring the last five games. They are a very balanced team, a lot like the team he played on here. Their leading scorer scores 17 points a game. I think there are eight teams like that and only three of them have winning records, and Lou has fit into that team beautifully. He is a guy that can throw up a huge night and we know that ” CSNPhilly.com

December 12, 2012 Updates

“Last year we depended on [Lou Williams] a lot,” Collins said. “Lou was our money guy and [Andre Iguodala] would make some plays for us at the end of games. Jrue and Evan were evolving, and now you see those guys taking on more responsibility.” “But I think every team would say they would want to have the ultimate closer,” Collins continued. “I mean, do you want Michael Jordan or committee? Do you want Mariano Rivera or four short relievers? You want somebody that is going to slam the door, and what we are trying to do is develop that. And the thing I loved last night was that Jrue missed the two free throws and came back and buried that jump shot. And we went right back to him. From my stand point, I had forgotten those two free throws, and I wanted him to.” CSNPhilly.com

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Josh Smith may not hear the groans from the Philips Arena crowd when he squares up to take a 3-pointer this season. Why? Listen to Smith tell it. “You haven’t seen the roster?” Smith turned around a reporter’s question about his long-range shooting plans on a rebuilt Hawks roster. “We’ve got Kyle Korver, Devin Harris, Louis Williams, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Tolliver. Am I missing anyone? Jeff Teague. … So there we go. That answers that question. I didn’t even say my name did I? Call me mid-range shawty.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 22, 2012 Updates

But I’m most intrigued to see how Lou Williams fits. He’s a very effective scorer but, if he’s going to remain in a role similar to the one he filled in Philly, he may need to play alongside either Harris or Teague. “I was off the ball [in Philadelphia], I would prefer to be off the ball, and I think both of those guys [Teague and Harris] are on the ball,” Williams said. “So I don’t think it will be an issue as much as people think it is. Once we open up camp I’m sure Coach [Larry] Drew will do a good job in figuring out where everyone is going to go.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 13, 2012 Updates

Danny Ferry: With Joe gone, the dynamic of our team is naturally going to change. There’s going to be more touches and more possessions that other people are gonna be a part of. I would imagine that both Devin [Harris] and Jeff — and Louis [Williams] — will absorb a lot of those. And all of them will become very important to our group. Grantland

August 4, 2012 Updates

"In the past in Philadelphia, my role was to light it up and score as many points as I possibly could," (Lou) Williams said. "Talking to coach (Larry) Drew and talking to (general manager Danny Ferry), I think my role will be similar, if not increased. Obviously, you have Devin and you have Jeff, who are very talented guards, and then you add myself in that mode. I've always been the type of guy that I'm a team player, I'm a team guy. I don't plan on coming in here competing with these guys negatively. I think we can all compete and help us all win games." FOXSportsSouth.com

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The Hawks signed Williams on Thursday, days after agreeing to terms with the guard on a multi-year contract. Terms were not disclosed, but the Hawks likely signed Williams by using part of their mid-level salary-cap exception. Williams, 25, is a former star at South Gwinnett High school, a two-time Mr. Basketball winner in Georgia and a McDonald's All-American. "Upon learning of his situation, Lou was a player we really targeted for our club," Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. "He's a young and experienced professional who is capable of providing leadership as a starter or a reserve, and his versatility is a tremendous plus for our backcourt." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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