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Mo Williams at Cavs media day

By Jason Lloyd Published: September 28, 2010

On Yahoo! story that reported Williams contemplated retirement: "At some point I'm going to retire. Going into my eighth season, I'd consider myself more than 50 percent done with my career. At some point, you have to think about what you're going to do after you play the game. It makes no sense for me with three years left on my deal to give back money ($26 million) I feel I've earned. It don't make sense. And the article wasn't even about me retiring. It kind of got blown out of proportion."

On whether or not LeBron quit on the Cavs last season in the playoffs: "No, this game is too competitive to quit. We ain't playing checkers. This is basketball. You play this game long enough and anybody who's competitive understands no matter what's going on with you, people don't just quit. I don't care who you are."

On whether or not he is "over" LeBron leaving: "That's a big word, if that makes sense. I think at some point you've just gotta turn the corner. You're walking down this long hall. Everyone has been to high school before. You're in this classroom all the way down the hall and you gotta get all the way to the other side of the hall. It looks like this hall is so long, but once you turn the corner, you can't see that hall anymore. Right now today, we're turning that corner going to our next classroom. And we can't see nothing but forward now. There's no lebron in this building. Whether we believe it or not, he's not coming back. This is who we've got. This is what we've got. I don't see the big TNT trailers, the ESPN trailers. I see you though, This is what we've got. This is the hand we're dealt and we have to play the best we can."

On whether or not he's the franchise's new leader: "I'm a leader. I'm not going to be a guy that comes out tomorrow and next week and gives you 30-10-8. We've got a collective group of guys to do it as a unit. We were good enough over the years to where one guy could do a lot. And a lot of other guys can do a lot more, too. But for the sake of the team and the sake of sacrifices, guys did what it takes to win a lot of basketball games and our record shows it. The fans were excited, the city was excited. We did a lot for the city and winning basketball games and bringing a lot of excitement to this city. A lot of guys sacrificed, but at this point we don't have that guy. My role doesn't change, vocally yes, it changes. 'Twan (Antawn Jamison) is the same way. He came in and he had to fit in. He didn't want to rock the boat. He had to fit in. Now you'll see more vocal leadership in 'Twan. We've got veteran guys in place that know how to get things done. And we have enough talent around here to win some basketball games. The sooner we get it rolling, we can be a scary basketball team. It's fun to be doubted. It's fun to have a lot of naysayers. But I will ask every fan to stay with us. We're going to need you more than ever."

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