HoopsHype Monty Williams rumors


May 16, 2015 Updates

Williams' low-approval rating with the fans didn't help, as he was booed by the fans at home games all the way up until the end. From this vantage point, that's an absolute joke considering what that team accomplished – 45 wins in the West and as competitive a first-round sweep as you'll ever see. This was a season-long sort of thing, one that flew under the national radar until I wrote about in this piece on Anthony Davis last month. The public pressure was clearly a factor here, and it reached yet another level when Williams made an honest and uncomfortable admission to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears: because of the way he'd been treated at the Smoothie King Center, he told his wife and five children to stop attending games so that they didn't have to experience all the negativity. It should be noted, though, that the fan voice would likely have fallen on deaf ears in the ownership and management ranks if the decision makers didn't hear some truth in these consistent complaints. USA Today Sports

After locking in three members of his new coaching staff, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is pursuing an ambitious list of ex-NBA head coaches and assistant coaches for the two most prominent roles on his bench, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Donovan has a targeted interest in several potential candidates, including ex-New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, Chicago Bulls assistant Andy Greer and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, league sources said. Another possibility could be the return of New York Knicks assistant Brian Keefe, league sources told Yahoo Sports Yahoo! Sports

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May 13, 2015 Updates

"He says all the time, 'Whether I'm here or not, I'm going to help you be the best player you can be before we move on or (Williams) moves on,'" Davis told USA TODAY Sports during the Pelicans' first-round series against the Golden State Warriors. "He understands it's a business. Players can leave. Coaches can leave. But at the same time, while we're here together, he wants to maximize our potential and get us better." USA Today Sports

When Monty Williams came to the New Orleans Pelicans' facility Tuesday morning for a meeting with executive vice president Mickey Loomis, he thought the discussion would be about a possible contract extension, league sources said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 12, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Statement From Monty Williams: "I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson and Mickey for this unique opportunity I’ve had. My focus today is to appreciate the great journey over the last few years to be the head coach of this team. New Orleans is a special city with very special fans. I appreciate all the support that my family has received from all the great people and organizations we have been affiliated with throughout the area over the years. I need to thank my coaches and players because we take pride in our accomplishments as a group in progressing in the right direction and making the playoffs through the challenges of a long season. I’ll always be grateful for the relationships and thankful that our players always gave everything we asked of them on the court. I only wish the best for this team to continue taking strides forward and providing success to this special city." Twitter @daldridgetnt

The announcement of Williams' firing was made via press release in which executive vice president Mickey Loomis and GM Dell Demps expressed nothing but praise for Williams, who'd become not only popular in the locker room but also influential in the league as a member of the competition committee and, like Thibodeau, an assistant with Team USA. But league sources pointed out Tuesday that the people whose names were on the press release may not be the ones making the decision. Former Pistons executive Joe Dumars, a Louisiana native, has been providing input with the team and has a close relationship with Loomis and owner Tom Benson. CBSSports.com

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