After pictures of Lou Williams partying with rapper Jack Harlow appeared on Instagram, the NBA has put him under a 10-day quarantine period. He will miss the first 2 games. Clippers restart their season on July 30th against the Lakers.
Lou Williams was not seen at practice after the first scrimmage. Coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he was granted leave to attend to a personal matter. After that, a story appeared on rapper Jack Harlow’s Instagram, in which Lou was seen clubbing. This revelation came as a shock to many fans.
However, the Clippers star took to Instagram the next day to announce that he had left the bubble to pay respects to his late grandfather who passed away earlier that week.
What happened when Lou returned?
Upon his return to the NBA bubble, Lou spoke to NBA security and admitted going to the club in Atlanta on Wednesday night to pick up some food, before the funeral on Thursday. The positive is that he took a coronavirus test every day he was away. Doc Rivers would have been hoping to have a full team when the season restarts, but the NBA decided to put Williams under a 10-day quarantine.
How will the Clippers cope with this?
Doc Rivers will now have to re-strategise his lineup. Lou Williams is the latest in the list of absentees for the Clippers which include Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, and Landry Shamet. If the Clippers weren’t shorthanded before, they sure are now. Fans are now wondering how Williams’ absence could affect their first game against the mighty Lakers. Could Lou’s absence in the first game of the NBA restart spoil their title chances?
During Rivers’ tenure, he has relied on Lou’s off-the-bench talent to help his team get through. For many fans, Lou Williams is arguably the best 6th man in NBA history.
However, they have Paul George and Kwahi Lenord, two of the best two-way players. This, in addition to the depth of their bench, is what makes the Clippers title contenders.