HoopsHype Monty Williams rumors

December 7, 2012 Updates

“It’s a great opportunity for me to develop my game, to develop my leadership skills, and I think this is a chance that I got to take advantage of because Coach Monty Williams really likes my game,” Vasquez said to HOOPSWORLD. “He likes what I do, and that’s important in the NBA when you get a coach that is really interested in helping you, he wants to help you, he wants to make you better, if you take advantage of that, you can really establish yourself in the NBA.” HoopsWorld

December 3, 2012 Updates

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined for another week because of a stress reaction in his left ankle that has forced him to miss seven consecutive games, Coach Monty Williams said Sunday. "If I have to guess, I think he’s a week away from us thinking about him ramping up his conditioning; let alone playing,'' Williams said. "So I just think it's still far off.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

November 25, 2012 Updates

"Austin is doing a decent job of trying to learn," Hornets coach Monty Williams said earlier in the week. "He's got to do a better job of picking up the NBA concepts. You're going to see flashes at times. You're going to see times where he looks like a college player, but he works hard. He's diligent about film work. He's going to get better because he works at it." SB Nation

November 21, 2012 Updates
November 20, 2012 Updates

New Orleans coach Monty Williams talked about #Knicks success this season, saying Chandler is still underrated and Woodson has been the key in adding defense to the program. "They are a really good team,'' said Williams, a former first-round Knicks draft choice. "They have a lot of confidence. They’ve added some really good guys who complement what they already have. They don’t even have Stoudemire. Woody’s done a good job of implementing defense into that team and Carmelo is playing at a high level, Felton is playing at a high level and Chandler is the only defensive player of the year who is underrated.’’ Sulia

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November 7, 2012 Updates

"I work in a business where you just can’t say anything you want to say,’’ Williams said Wednesday after the Hornets' shootaround. "What I said was inappropriate and you have to deal with the consequences. My wife and I tried to turn it in a positive for my kids, but it’s unfortunate that it happened. You just try to move forward.’’ Before Saturday’s game, Williams didn’t appear happy that Davis could miss several games because he must complete a series of tests to determine if he’s fit to return under the league’s concussion policy. "The better he feels in the next couple of days, it helps the situation,'' Williams said before Saturday's game at the United Center against the Chicago Bulls. "But when you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football it's impacted everybody. So he got touched up a little bit last night and I'm sure that happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It's just getting old, but it's just the way the league is now.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Wednesday his public comments critical of the NBA’s concussion policy were inappropriate and it was unfortunate that it happened. The NBA fined Williams $25,000 Tuesday because of his comments made prior to the Hornets’ game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Washington Post

November 6, 2012 Updates

Williams made the comments when asked about Hornets forward Anthony Davis, who was injured last Friday night when he was hit in the heat with an elbow from teammate Austin Rivers. "The better he feels in the next couple of days, it helps the situation,'' Williams said before Saturday's game at the United Center. "But when you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football it's impacted everybody. So he got touched up a little bit last night and I'm sure that happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It's just getting old, but it's just the way the league is now.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

November 4, 2012 Updates

It was teammate Austin Rivers‘ inadvertent elbow that clipped Davis in the side of the head, putting him out of what became an 88-86 loss. But it was the NBA’s precautionary concussions policy that prevented Davis from flying with the team to his hometown — his only scheduled appearance of 2012-13 in Chicago — and will sideline him until he satisfies the requirements of physical testing and a neurological exam. Now, please know that Williams was mindful of the NBA’s fining power when he spoke with reporters before the game. But as he spoke, he revved up a little and he didn’t mince words. “When you’re dealing with the brain, I guess what’s happening in football has affected everybody,” the Hornets coach said. “You treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It’s getting old. But it’s just the way the league is now.” NBA.com

New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams blasted the NBA's protocols for determining when a player can return from a concussion, a day after No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis suffered a mild one. Williams unloaded before Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls, saying, "Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now." Associated Press

Asked what he doesn't like about the concussion policy, he said, "I'm not saying I don't like it. We've got to protect the players, but I think the players should have more say-so in how they feel. I'm sure I had four or five concussions when I played, and it didn't bother me. The NBA is doing what's necessary to protect the players, but this is not the NFL. You don't get hit in the head that much. I understand it. But as a coach, I'm a baby about it. I want my guys ready to play." Associated Press

October 24, 2012 Updates
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A miked Monty Williams – now beginning his third year as the Hornets’ head coach – gathered his troops at center court for the day’s marching orders. For most coaches faced with a media presence, moments like these mark the time for clichéd overtures and motivational platitudes. But Williams isn’t most coaches. “How many of you guys watched the debate last night?” Williams asked right off the bat, speaking of the presidential debate. Not exactly your standard-issue training camp salvo. Silence. “I don’t want to get off on a political tangent, but try to be aware of what’s happening around you,” Williams said. “The climate is changing. It’s not like it was when I was coming up – and I didn’t know it then – but things are changing, and it affects this group for sure.” New York Times

October 5, 2012 Updates

Williams jumped into the drills, assuming his old power forward position working against his front-court players in an effort to get a feel on how they played, and give them personalized instruction on what he looks for in certain defensive sets. For newly acquired forward Ryan Anderson, who played for three years with the Orlando Magic under former coach Stan Van Gundy, not a former NBA player, it was rather eye-opening. "Stan wasn't as athletic as Monty," Anderson said diplomatically. "But he would definitely be very vocal during practice. I like the way Monty kind of mixes it in and shows you how to do some things, rather than just telling you. But they're both great coaches in their own (way). Monty is more of a hand's-on coach, which is great. It's really helping me adjust and learn quickly." New Orleans Times-Picayune

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