Monty Williams Rumors
So any parting words? Suggestions for the coaching candidates that, Karl said, should include Corliss Williamson, Monty Williams and Nate McMillan? “Whether or not they trade Cuz,” Karl said, “they have to empower their coach. They have to let him coach. It takes a few years to build a program. It becomes a culture, an energy force. Vivek wanted magic to happen, but in the NBA magic happens once in a while, and usually is associated with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan. I think you can win with him (Cousins), but my thing is, how long is it going to take to get there? Then, how long before you become a winning team? I think there are faster ways to go.”
Ever since the tragic death of his wife in a car crash back in February, Monty Williams has been away from the Thunder, needing to care for his five children. A few months ago, the organization announced he wouldn’t return this season. Moving into next year, Williams is not expected to return to the Thunder coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. His NBA coaching future remains uncertain.
Erik Horne: Tough for the Thunder, particularly approaching Kevin Durant’s free agency. – RT: Anthony Slater: Monty Williams not expected to return to the Thunder, will help with Team USA, The Oklahoman has learned.
Wearing glasses and a dark blue shirt, Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams walked down the stairs alongside Section 104 and sat down in an aisle seat next to his youngest son, Micah. For the first time since the death of his wife, Ingrid, following a Feb. 9 car crash, Williams was at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Four of Williams’ five children were in their seats prior to tip-off, each wearing “Bring Your Thunder” T-shirts. Williams joined them around the 6:24 mark of the first quarter. By then, the Thunder was already up double-digits en route to a 108-70 win in Game 1 of its Western Conference first-round series against Dallas.
The driver of the car that hit the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams in a head-on accident in Oklahoma City in February, resulting in their deaths, had methamphetamines in her system while she was driving, according to lab tests from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner. The SUV of Susannah Donaldson, 52, crossed the center line after losing control, striking the car of Ingrid Williams, 44. Williams died from her injuries on Feb. 10, the day after the accident. Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene.