Professional advice
Williams imparts life lessons, basketball as coach of local AAU team
by Tom Skibosh / originally appeared in Wauwatosa NOW on Thursday, July 10, 2008

Playground Elite coach Mo Williams watches his team in action against the Wisconsin Playmakers during the Next Level Invitational at Homestead High School on July 7 in Mequon, WI. (Peter Zuzga / Wauwatosa NOW)
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July 10, 2008

MILWAUKEE -- When Milwaukee Bucks guard Maurice “Mo” Williams decided he wanted to spend much of his summer coaching a local Amateur Athletic Union 14-and-under basketball team, he felt it was important that he teach his players more than just basketball skills.

“You want to put them in real-life situations; let them know everything is not going to be given to you,” Williams said recently. “But you have to continue to work hard and develop to be the best player you can be.

“You want to try to install some morals and values at a very young age; something they can hold onto for the rest of their lives.”

So how did Williams get involved with the Playground Elite this summer?

“It’s not something that just came about,” he said. “I have a drive in my heart to do this. I’ve always said once I retire from this game, that is going to be the field I go into — coaching and developing young kids, trying to send them the right way. This just happened to be a great situation.”

When the Bucks’ season came to an end last spring, Williams mentioned to Trevor Trimble, his good friend who helps him with the Maurice Williams Foundation, that he wanted to get started on a plan for coaching youth basketball once he retires from the National Basketball Association.

“Trevor gave me input on things,” Williams said. “‘If this is what you want to do, this is an opportunity to get your feet wet,’ he told me. It can ease my mind knowing what I’m getting into after basketball.”