Lou Williams says he persuaded robber

Updated: December 27, 2011, 8:25 AM ET
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams turned a would-be robbery into a chance for community outreach.

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Williams told the Philadelphia Daily News that he was stopped in his car in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk on Christmas Eve when he was approached by a man wielding a gun.

But Williams, who has developed into a key reserve for the Sixers, said he managed to talk down the gunman -- and then treated his would-be assailant to McDonald's.

"A guy tried to rob me but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community," the 25-year-old Williams told the Daily News. "He's a Lou Williams fan, so he didn't rob me."

Williams told the paper that he was driving his car when the man began to approach with a gun drawn and then knocked on the driver's window.

"There's crime everywhere," Williams told the Daily News. "I was debating whether to pull off to help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking, and we came up with a solution before I could really say much. I treated him to McDonald's."

Philadelphia opened the regular season in Portland on Monday night.