Lou Williams was a finalist for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award, and he had an excellent season with the Rockets. Williams, however, was a part of this week's Chris Paul trade—he was perhaps the most valuable piece the Rockets surrendered to acquire Paul.
During this offseason, Lou Will has been especially outspoken on Twitter. He told his followers he wasn't surprised by the trade and had known it was in the works for weeks.
Thursday, he took to Twitter to call out journalists for having loud opinions despite their lack of athletic ability.
So crazy to me that all these nerds cover all sports. Not one athletic bone in their body with all the opinions and analysis.— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) June 29, 2017
A bad argument from Fox's Chris Broussard seems to be the fuel for Williams' comment.
Chris Broussard didn't vote A. Bradley in his All-Defensive teams because Booker dropped 70 on BOS...— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 28, 2017
Avery didn't play in that game. 🤦🏽♂️
See what I'm saying https://t.co/1aOeaz1t1G— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 28, 2017
As you'd expect, Williams got a little heat for it.
They're just doing their job. 1st amendment— Author Davis (@AuthorJDavis) June 29, 2017
He also heard from many journalists who claim they have athletic ability...or at least they used to. Most of the journalists made light of their athletic careers.
Lou clearly never saw me run a 8 yard hitch route for Muhlenberg against Juniata in the rough and tumble Centennial Conference... https://t.co/ESHLVrVnCx— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) June 29, 2017
I get buckets in old-man pickup ball. https://t.co/errCfCmhmr— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 29, 2017
Later, Lou did seem to at least slightly regret his verbiage choice of "nerd."
I could've used a better word but my tweet was aimed at the homemade podcast and basement bloggers who got the most to say. Salute the pros! https://t.co/47h32sagvp— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) June 29, 2017
Whether you agree with Williams' point or not, he's not the only athlete that feels this way. He may not have stated his perspective that eloquently, but many athletes don't respect journalists whom they consider lifelong armchair quarterbacks. The journalists' perspective is valid, of course—but that doesn't mean the athletes will respect it.
Lou had a good spirit throughout the conversation, though, as it never turned confrontational or accusatory. He even accepted one journalist's challenge to a game of H-O-R-S-E.
Game on 😈 https://t.co/PLttJPxQpI— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) June 29, 2017
That seems like the best way to resolve this.