Mo Williams: Clippers can win NBA championship [Video]
As of Tuesday, the Las Vegas Hilton and MGM Resorts gave the Clippers 50-1 odds of winning the NBA championship this season.
According to Clippers guard Mo Williams, that sounds pretty good.
"We got a chance," he said with a smile. "It wasn't zero to 50. It wasn't zero out of a million."
At the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista on Tuesday, Williams was very optimistic about his team's chances to be competitive this season.
"Me and Blake [Griffin] have been together this summer," Williams said. "The work we put in, there's no way we can't succeed."
Williams is a sharp-shooting guard who averaged 15.2 points and 5.6 assists with the Clippers last season. Griffin is a 6-foot-10 power forward who won rookie-of-the-year honors in 2010-11 after averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds a game.
While working out together during the NBA lockout, Williams said, they had one goal -- to become more similar.
"We made a pact right before the end of the season," Williams said. "I said, 'I'll teach you how to shoot better if you teach me how to jump higher.' "
"I can get over the rim again," he said.
Williams and Griffin have apparently become so close that the guard felt comfortable rejecting Griffin's newly bestowed nickname "Earthquake," which Shaquille O'Neal gave him at a recent book signing in Santa Monica.
Instead, he said he prefers calling his big buddy "Curly."
In addition to Williams and Griffin's palpable chemistry, the Clippers have a few other things going for them -- including the fact that they have a chance of acquiring some great players in Caron Butler and Dwight Howard.
Williams said he talked to Butler, who was at the team's practice facility Tuesday, and tried to persuade him to join the Clippers.
"He's definitely going to help us tremendously," Williams said.
When asked what his strategy was in attempting to persuade the small forward to join his team, Williams didn't hesitate.
"My selling point is we're going to win."
-- Melissa Rohlin