“I was done,” Williams, who was an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time, told The Athletic last week in Phoenix, where he’s five months into this return to the head coaching ranks. “I was just gonna go. I was going to take my kids and I was going to Wyoming. …It was a place I’d always wanted to hunt and fish and raise dogs. It was what I wanted to do. But I knew I would’ve hurt my kids. I would’ve hurt myself. “We tell our (players), ‘Everything you want is on the other side of hard,’ and it’s something that will always be with me, because if I would’ve quit — as hard as this is, and it will be — I know that God has something for me on the other side of this hard thing. And it’s still hard. I still have unbelievable, tough moments, but that’s just life.”
“I want so badly, selfishly, to coach and lead a team to a certain level, but I do really want badly to see Mr. Sarver looked at differently,” Williams said. “I think we pick and choose sometimes who we’re going to get after. And he’d be the first to admit, he’s done some things. ..but I know the things he’s done for people here behind the scenes that don’t get reported. I know the people who he has bailed out financially, who he’s helped in their struggle with other issues. That doesn’t get reported. Only the other decisions that he’s made (get reported).
“Monty – he didn’t come apart,” Rivers told The Athletic. “He got stronger. He didn’t blame. He forgave. It just says a lot about him. He did a lot of soul searching. Something awful happened in his life, and that sent him on a path to soul search for how he could get better. But it’s funny — most people would have been bitter. Most people would have been woe is me, blame the world, blame God, blame everything. Monty went the opposite way. He started looking at how he could get better. It just takes an incredible man to get to that place.