HoopsHype Monty Williams rumors

February 10, 2014 Updates

In a season that’s been a struggle for both the New Orleans Pelicans and its high-priced import Tyreke Evans, it seems like there’s a growing rift between player, coach and team. Evans did not play in Sunday night’s 93-81 loss to Brooklyn despite head coach Monty Williams playing 11 Pelicans players in the game. When asked why Evans didn’t play, Williams said “it’s just internal right now.” SheridanHoops

“He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans said of his head coach before the game. “Most of the guys that came here are pretty much new [to the team] so he’s trying to fit everybody in and put me in the best position he can.” SheridanHoops

But when asked whether he and Williams ever discussed his best role on the team openly, Evans said it’s never been brought up. “No, we never talked about that,” Evans told Sheridan Hoops. “I haven’t talked to him about it. We talk here and there but I haven’t talked to him about what role is whose on the team.” Asked if the communication with Williams has to improve, Evans said that it needed to improve. “It has to get better. We have to know our roles on the team.” SheridanHoops

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Pelicans hea coach Monty Williams on whether he's fixated on the idea of making the playoffs yet or focusing more on the day to day… "You know, (the playoffs are) always in a coach's mind. Every once in a while you look at the standings. ... I'm always focused on the development of our guys. When you start talking about the playoffs with a young team, I think they get tight. We've got three or four guys who have been in the playoffs. Everybody else is like, 'What?' They don't even know what that's like. Tyreke has won 28 games — that's the most he has ever won (in a season). Eric (Gordon) has only won 32. Those guys have never been in a playoff practice. They don't know what it's like." USA Today Sports

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Williams correctly points out the club could not anticipate second-year power forward Darius Miller suffering a stress fracture in his left foot that required corrective surgery in September, sidelining him indefinitely, nor the toe chip fracture sustained by forward Ryan Anderson that still keeps him off the floor and could for several more weeks. Tuesday moves, he said, have been pondered for the last few weeks. "I don't make rash decisions," Williams said. "It's like everybody always thinks the worst all the time. It's seven games. There's no need for all that. We're going to try to tweak our roster as best we can to try to get better. That's the bottom line." New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 17, 2013 Updates

Now, the Pelicans are suddenly relevant, with one of the more interesting lineups in the NBA. Holiday and Evans will start alongside Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. While that looks like a NBA 2K14 fantasy team, it’s the actual lineup that Pelicans head coach Monty Williams will roll out every night, barring an injury or change. Off the bench, New Orleans will have Brian Roberts, Al-Farouq Aminu, Austin Rivers, Anthony Morrow, Jason Smith, Greg Stiemsma and Jeff Withey among others. New Orleans won just 27 games and finished with the second-worst record in the Western Conference last season. Now, after the busy offseason, expectations are obviously much higher in the Big Easy. A win will no longer be viewed as a pleasant surprise amid the team’s rebuild – it’ll be expected. In fact, just about everyone in the organization is talking about making the colossal jump into the West’s playoff picture as early as next season. “Our expectations are always high,” Davis said. “We definitely want to make the playoffs, and beyond. … We’re not sure how it’ll all fit; we’ll have to wait until we get into training camp and get to play with each other. Coach is still working it out, but whatever it is, I know that they’re going to help us make a push for the playoffs.” HoopsWorld

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“I think he’s more comfortable now,” Monty Williams said of Anthony Davis’ adjustment to the NBA. “Obviously he played well, and everybody loves him. But he also understands that people are going to judge him differently than other players. He wants to be an All-Star. He wants to be one of the best players in the league. He wants to be a night-in and night-out guy that you can count on. So he’s put the work in. He’s also more vocal, and he’s stepping out there to show our team that he’s not going to sidestep being a leader. I’ve pushed him to do stuff in his second year that he hasn’t been asked to do. And I think that’s good for him, because he’s a special player.” NBA.com

“He’s quiet around you guys (media members),” Williams said of Davis’ personality. “AD’s not going to host a talk show, but he’s a smart kid. That’s how you have to be when you’re in his position. Nowadays you can’t say anything to anybody, because if you say the wrong thing it might be taken out of context and (turn into a controversy). So he’s pretty careful with his words – and you have to be.” NBA.com

Bringing aboard Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistants aren't the only changes for the U.S. men's national basketball team. New Denver Nuggets assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas replaces Tony Ronzone as the international player personnel scout, and Oklahoma City scout Scott Simpson joins the Los Angeles Clippers' T.J. Zanin as advanced scout for the national team, which began preparations Monday in Las Vegas for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Miami Heat scout Pat Delany is no longer an advanced scout with USA Basketball. USA Today Sports

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Traveling from nearby Los Angeles, where he's doing his ankle rehabilitation work after requiring surgery in May, Gordon said he came to support the team during their 66-62 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers at UNLV's Cox Pavilion. Gordon said he will likely return to see more games before their summer league schedule ends. ``People forget that Eric is a good guy,'' Pelicans coach Monty Williams said after Monday's game. ``I actually called him out of the blue the other day and he told me he was coming out. Nobody asked him, he just said coach, `I'm coming out and I want to be around the team.' I thought that was phenomenal.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 13, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. “Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team.” NBA.com

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