HoopsHype Monty Williams rumors

April 22, 2013 Updates

Monty Williams said he will continue working to become a better coach, saying he plans to speak with coaches from other sports, including some NFL coaches. “During the season, I talk to a number of coaches, whether it be (Gregg Popovich), Coach (Larry) Brown or Nate (McMillan),’’ Williams said. "This summer I’m going to do some different things, maybe talk to some guys in different sports. Last year I got the chance to sit down and listen to (Tony) LaRussa and it was eye-opening some of the things he said that I was able to use this year. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Regardless of what decision the Pelicans make about Gordon’s future, Loomis said the franchise is in good hands with Williams and Demps. Loomis gave them both extensions before the regular season began. "I think, most importantly, we absolutely have the right coach in Monty Williams,’’ Loomis said. "He’s everything that we’re looking for to lead our basketball team. "We absolutely have the right general manager in Dell Demps. He and his staff made a number of significant moves in this last offseason, and we’re looking forward to having a great offseason plan from him and his staff and from Monty as well.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 18, 2013 Updates

With their payroll expected to decrease to just under $35 million, not including NBA draft signees, Monty Williams said they will pursue trying to sign some veteran free agents. ``We’re looking at that,’’ Williams said. ``We don’t want to bring in veterans for veterans' sake. We want to bring in the right guys that’s maybe familiar with our system or guys that I may have a relationship with that may want to do it. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 9, 2013 Updates

`` He’s a dynamic guard, that’s why I push him,’’ said Williams, who plans to start Gordon for the second consecutive since the incident on Tuesday night when the Hornets play the Lakers at the Staples Center. ``I’m not going to allow him to settle for where he is in his career right now. He’s got to get better. If he gets better, he should be an All-Star someday.’’ Gordon admitted the conflict was a heat of the moment situation that shouldn't be blown out of proportion. ``It got very heated in the moment, but I’m not letting none of that get to me,’’ Gordon said. ``I’m just out here, still trying to play.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 7, 2013 Updates

Hornets coach Monty Williams and point guard Eric Gordon got into a screaming match during a timeout with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Millsap had just scored on a putback to put Utah ahead 55-47 and New Orleans called a timeout. Williams was visibly agitated, yelling in Gordon's direction. He had to be held back by assistant coach Randy Ayers after Gordon hollered back at him, and when the team went to the sidelines, Williams continued screaming at Gordon. NBA.com

Gordon sat at the end of the bench, but appeared engaged during timeouts. But after the game, Gordon appeared to be puzzled about getting benched. He also made no mention of the shouting match. He finished with seven points on two-of-three shooting, playing just more than 17 minutes. It was the Hornets’ eighth consecutive loss on the road. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 6, 2013 Updates

Hornets Coach Monty Williams said afterward it was a coach's decision that limited Gordon's second-half playing time. Gordon finished with 7 points on 2 of 3 shooting. He played a total of 17 minutes, 44 seconds. "Nothing wrong physically," Gordon said. "It was his decision just to take e out of the game for the rest of the game. I thought we were (in a good flow). You always make adjustments throughout the game. We're down at halftime by two points, and two or three possessions (in the third quarter), I'm out of there. I'd love to figure (it) out. You always want to do what's best for the team. Since he took me out, he took me out. "I definitely wanted to be out there for sure." New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 1, 2013 Updates
March 26, 2013 Updates

The unibrow of Anthony Davis has been on display all season here in New Orleans, and lately, basketball's Frida Kahlo has shown the nation why he was the No. 1 pick last summer. In the past 10 games, entering Monday's matchup against Denver, the Kentucky product had averaged 16.1 points and 10.6 rebounds for the Hornets. "He's gotten more comfortable with playing in tight situations — earlier this year, he wasn't as comfortable," Hornets coach Monty Williams said before tipoff. "He's learning how to use his quickness against guys who are stronger than he is, and he's learning how to play harder, and how that helps him in transition and defense. Denver Post

March 25, 2013 Updates

“Around Christmas time, it started to change a little bit and I started to think about the things that would help me as a player. You want to hear somebody congratulate you every once in a while and I wasn’t doing that with him as much as I thought I was. “He always competed, but he started playing a lot better. It’s a shame that he got hurt the way he did because he started playing some really good ball. Boston Globe

March 8, 2013 Updates

With the advantage of hindsight and more than 36 hours of reflection following Wednesday night's haunting fourth-quarter meltdown in a 108-102 loss to the Lakers, New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams admitted Friday he'd do things differently if he had the chance. And one thing Williams said he might do would be to play rookie power forward Anthony Davis a little more than the 25.5 seconds Davis logged as Los Angeles outscored New Orleans 33-9 in the period and closed out the game on a 20-0 run over the last 6:47. "I would do things differently in the third quarter, when it started to snowball," Williams said, mindful that his team had a 25-point lead at one point in that period. "Any time you lose a game like that, hindsight is 15/20. You feel bad about everything you did. I probably would do some things a little differently. New Orleans Times-Picayune

January 14, 2013 Updates
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January 1, 2013 Updates

But Coach Monty Williams said they will continue to restrict Gordon's minutes. However, Williams declined to say if he would play Gordon beyond the 24 minutes he played played last Saturday. ``He’s still on a minute restriction,'' Williams said. ``We’ll play it by ear on back-to-backs for now, and make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep him healthy, and keep him in top shape. ``At the same time, I don’t want everyone else backing off their game because Eric is back and playing. We went through this tough time, but we also had guys out there gaining confidence by doing things they’d never done before in an NBA game. We want to couple that confidence with what Eric brings to the table.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 21, 2012 Updates
December 17, 2012 Updates

Last week, when Monty Williams was in Oklahoma City coaching the New Orleans Hornets, he heard about the Clackamas Town Center shooting. The former Trail Blazers assistant, who said he went to the mall at least 10 times with his kids, said he was instantly taken back to memories of his five years living in nearby West Linn, and coaching in Portland. “As soon as I got the news, I texted LaMarcus (Aldridge) just to make sure all the guys were OK, that nobody was in the mall,’’ Williams said. “I’m so tied to this area, I just didn’t want anybody to forget that I love them. But gosh, I would take my kids there and grab something to eat ... and you hear that news and you just don’t think something like that is going to happen in this community. When it does, it brings everybody back home.’’ Oregonian

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