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November 30, 2014 Updates

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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I asked Pelicans coach Monty Williams how he planned to handle the minutes of star Anthony Davis after the forward spent so much time this summer with Team USA for the FIBA World Championships. He had a pretty interesting answer (and even got a bit animated). “We’ve talked to our training staff to make sure we give him the proper rest but at the same time he’s 21 (years old),” Williams said. “He doesn’t get tired until he’s like 28. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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When the USA Basketball men’s team takes the floor Thursday in Barcelona, the significance of the date – 9/11 – will not be lost on American players or coaches. On the 13th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the nation’s history, Team USA will play against Lithuania (2 p.m. Central, ESPN), in a FIBA World Cup semifinal that will represent more than merely a basketball game. “We have a big game tomorrow, on 9/11,” New Orleans forward Anthony Davis said of the Patriot Day game vs. Lithuania. “That’s going to make that game even more special, make us play with even more energy and effort.” “Like AD said, we’re playing for a lot tomorrow,” Pelicans four-year coach Monty Williams said. “We want to win the game, but we also want to represent our country on such an emotional day, and let our fans and citizens of America know that we’re not just representing them by making buckets; we also understand that this is going to be a tough day for a lot of people. We want to bring them some joy and some happiness on that particular day.” NBA.com

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According to Pelicans coach Monty Williams, they have actively pursued options to get back in the NBA draft after surrendering their first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers that was part of last year's draft night trade. ''If there's an opportunity to get in the draft, we're going to look at it,'' Williams said. ''The one thing we don't want to do is be aggressive and put ourselves in a position to where we're hamstrung for awhile and can't make moves for the future. But our focus has been on the moves we think we can make, whether it be in the draft or free agency.We watched a lot of film and have had a lot of discussions with (general ganager) Dell (Demps) and his group about what we can do to help our team.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 20, 2014 Updates

When New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson underwent successful surgery on his cervical spine for a herniated disc in April, there were concerns if he would be recovered in time for the start of this upcoming season. After the surgery was performed, the Pelicans announced that Anderson was not expected to resume basketball activities for 4-6 months. But Pelicans coach Monty Williams indicated on Thursday that Anderson is on pace to be ready by the start of this fall's training camp. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 21, 2014 Updates

Folks around the league have been wondering for weeks whether the team would bring back Dell Demps, the GM, for the final year on his deal after a disappointing 2013-14 season. The consensus is growing that Demps is likely safe, though ownership needs to see progress next season — and perhaps a playoff berth in the ultracompetitive West. But Demps and Monty Williams haven’t always seen eye to eye, according to several league sources, and ownership is more committed at this point to Williams as a long-term organizational pillar. Grantland

May 20, 2014 Updates

But Demps and Monty Williams haven’t always seen eye to eye, according to several league sources, and ownership is more committed at this point to Williams as a long-term organizational pillar. Two names to watch if the Pellies eventually part ways with Demps: Joe Dumars and Bobby Marks, the Nets’ assistant GM. Dumars is from Louisiana and tight with higher-ups from the New Orleans Saints, a relationship that dates to well before any real possibility Tom Benson would ever own an NBA team. Marks is well respected and could become a candidate for the New Orleans job. Grantland

May 3, 2014 Updates

It was late 1999, the start of Rivers' first season as coach of the Orlando Magic, and he saw a situation in the locker room that he felt needed addressing. As his players took part in the pre-game prayer that was part of their routine — with veteran point guard Darrell Armstrong handling the message like always, future New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams serving as unofficial co-messenger and the entire team standing in a circle — he noticed something he didn't like. "I looked up in one of the prayers, and Tariq (Abdul-Wahad) had his arms folded, and you could see that he was really uncomfortable with it," Rivers, whose team hosts the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, told USA TODAY Sports recently. "So the next game, we were standing up in a circle, and I said, 'Hey guys, we're no longer praying,' and I remember Darrell and Monty looking at me, like 'What's going on?'" USA Today Sports

April 18, 2014 Updates

Williams said he hasn't had any discussion about his future with vice president Mickey Loomis general manager Dell Demps. "That's not something we talk about at all," Williams said. "Mickey and I have those conversations. He's the only guy that I answer to when it comes to that kind of stuff. It's not something that comes up. We are in a production business and you have to produce. And we all know that. "(But) I don't wake up everyday worried about if this is going to be the day (he gets fired) or anything like that. I have to do my job. I think you guys (media) think about it and write about it more than anybody else. When you are in management or leadership you are always trying to help your team get better and that's about the extend of it." New Orleans Times-Picayune

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