HoopsHype Monty Williams rumors


February 24, 2015 Updates

Relative to most teams in the "skeptics" tier, the Pelicans have invested heavily in analytics. Director of basketball operations Shane Kupperman manages the department, which added former Houston Rockets intern Somak Sarkar last season and also has made use of outside consultants. Still, it's challenging to find examples of how analytics have penetrated New Orleans' decision-making, and sources confirm that GM Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams are not engaged in incorporating advanced stats. ESPN.com

February 18, 2015 Updates

When asked if his team could use a veteran point guard before the trade deadline passes, Pelicans coach Monty Williams appeared to endorse the need. ''You can always use one (veteran point guard), we have a young team, certainly as it relates to making a playoff run, but that's how you grow up,'' Williams said. ''You get into these situations, understand what it feels like and you deal with that pressure and you grow that way.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 9, 2015 Updates

Williams has taken criticism for everything from his strategies to his rotations, but he’s been consistent with what he terms his ‘responsibility’ to coach Davis. A father of five and a deeply religious man, Williams doesn’t obsess over what people have to say about his young star or their expectations. "I don’t listen to it," Williams tells me in his office after a practice. "When I turn the TV on I turn the volume down. I never read the stuff that people write because to me it clouds your focus. We have a gameplan, we have a list of things we’re trying to do with our team, with Anthony from an individual standpoint, we stick to it and we talk to each other about what we need to do, and we leave it at that. The other people, they’re not here every day. SB Nation

January 20, 2015 Updates

With the Pelicans’ fan base becoming more antsy after each loss due to the team’s glaring inconsistent play, Coach Monty Williams said he’s been doing plenty of self-evaluating to improve the situation. Yet, the Pelicans (20-20) still have not strung together three consecutive wins with their season reaching the halfway point. New Orleans Times-Picayune

January 19, 2015 Updates

Players and staff boarded the bus, sweats on and shoes in hand, expecting to pull up at a gym. Instead, they disembarked in front of a bowling alley. Coach Monty Williams called an audible, hoping the change in routine would give his inconsistent team some spark. "It was really a wonderful surprise," said Alexis Ajinca, who scored a career high 22 points off the bench. "We laughed and relaxed with each other. It helped us mentally re-set." FoxSports.com

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New Orleans (8-8) used one of its two open roster spots to sign Cunningham, who worked extensively with Pelicans Coach Monty Williams when both were in Portland during Cunningham’s rookie year of 2009-10. That relationship was one reason the Villanova product was enthusiastic about signing with New Orleans. “It’s a blessing,” Cunningham said. “Coming from Portland my rookie year, he was a coach I looked up to. He taught me the ropes, taught me how to be a professional. Taught me what you need to do to be successful in this league. Clearly, he has the formula. Coming out of the situation I was in, I couldn’t ask for a better situation than this right here.” NBA.com

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Cunningham had domestic assault charges dropped and has become viable for teams. Monty Williams has history w/ Cunningham in Portland. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

November 27, 2014 Updates

''Anthony (Davis) cannot be in a game and not touch the ball,''Williams said after his meeting with players. ''We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night. ''And that’s on me too. As much as I draw up plays for him, run the offense through him, the guys on the floor has to know it. When they don’t do it, I’ve got to make sure they get him the ball. Because he’s not a selfish player, he’s going to make the right plays. And our guys know that.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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