Lou Williams suggested that the Los Angeles Clippers intentionally lost the 2020 NBA playoffs because they thought people wouldn’t respect a championship played in the COVID-19 bubble. Williams claimed they heard rumors about a lack of respect for the championship due to the unusual circumstances, so they didn’t try their best. This statement received criticism, with many finding it unbelievable and a weak excuse.
The article contrasts this with the 1999 San Antonio Spurs, who won the championship under unique conditions following a lockout-shortened season. Despite some saying their victory deserved an asterisk, the Spurs didn’t let it affect them and went on to win multiple titles afterward. The author argues that if Williams’ claim is true and the Clippers struggled because of the circumstances, the 1999 Spurs should be admired for overcoming similar challenges and using it as a stepping stone for more success.
In summary, the article discusses Lou Williams’ controversial statement about the Clippers deliberately losing in 2020, compares it to the 1999 Spurs’ success under unusual conditions, and suggests that the Spurs’ ability to overcome challenges makes them more commendable.