Cindy Westphal: At 4am I woke up with a splitting headache. I’ve never met Monty Williams before but found myself texting him at 5:15am to cancel his visit with Paul today. He immediately responded with “no worries.” All I could think was….oh great, I just woke up Coach Williams. I got back to him at 8am to say my horrible headache is gone and I’m feeling fine again….had no other symptoms….that it was more like a transient stress headache than a migraine, so if he still wants to visit this afternoon, come on by.
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Cindy Westphal: Around 9am the doorbell rang. It was Monty….”Are you Cindy?” I told him yes. Then he did this amazing thing. He handed me two bags of stuff. He said, “This isn’t for Coach. It’s for you to take care of yourself.” Tears immediately filled my eyes as I imagined this wonderful man I’ve never met going up and down aisles in a store to pick things out just for me. Like a loving son would do for his mother.
Cindy Westphal: Monty left to go work out then returned later this afternoon as he said he would. I was taken by the fact I was sitting across the room from two Phoenix Suns head coaches of two entirely different generations and styles of play. Though their paths have crossed periodically in the past….because of no deep history together, other than reputation and mutual basketball friendships….we had the best time getting to know Monty better…..things like learning about his family and what he enjoys doing away from basketball in the off season. We talked about the Suns upcoming season and the great group of guys he gets to coach. And we talked about the faith we share in Christ and how He gets us through difficult times. Thank you, Monty, for how real and down to earth you are. It was an absolute honor to spend time with you today……cindy
Ashley Brooke: Charles Barkley spent the day with his former coach Paul Westphal who is battling brain cancer and Westphal’s wife Cindy shared some pictures and stories. Chuck is one of a kind
Marc Stein: Warmest wishes to one of the game’s greats and a even kinder man: Paul Westphal, inducted into the @Hoophall last September, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to his close pal @MikeLupica. Best to Westy … HoF player, highly successful coach and a true SoCal ledge
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October 26, 2020 | 7:49 pm EDT Update
Tyronn Lue’s first coaching staff with the Clippers is taking shape, with the team nearing agreements with several key assistants. Miami assistant Dan Craig, former Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson and Larry Drew, a former head coach who most recently served on Lue’s Cleveland staff, have committed to join the Clippers as assistants, though their hiring is not yet official because deals have not been finalized, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
The Toronto Raptors have another city lining up to host them next season. Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes has thrown Kansas City’s hat in the ring in the event Toronto is unable to play the 2020-21 NBA campaign north of the border. “Bring them to KC!” the superstar quarterback wrote on social media Monday.