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Monty Williams | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (46) / 10/8/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 225
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 1 (24) / NY

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Monty Williams has officially become the vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs.
Williams was the head coach of the Pelicans from 2010-2015 and was an assistant coach for the Thunder last season. The Spurs already have one of the best front offices in the league and the addition of Williams will only help. We still expect him to return to the sidelines as a coach in the future. Fri, Sep 16, 2016 12:52:00 PM

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In an interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm, Monty Williams said that he's preparing himself to coach again.

The entire eight minute video is worth watching as Williams opens up about his wife, his past few months and what the future holds for him. After a tumultuous time period in his life, Williams appears prepared to get back to work on the sidelines once he's ready.. "I'll just take it one day at a time," Williams told the AP's Brian Mahoney. "Obviously working in the NBA is really important to me, but at the same time there's a few other things that need to happen for me to get back to that point." His outlook on life is nothing short of inspiring.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Monty Williams is expected to join the Spurs' coaching staff next season.

It's great to hear Williams will be back out there coaching after the terrible tragedy of his wife passing away in February. He has a positive impact on his players, so this is a terrific hire by the Spurs.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Billy Donovan confirmed during his exit interview that Monty Williams will not be an assistant coach on his staff next season.

Williams took a leave of absence from the team after his wife was involved in a fatal car crash back in February. We wish Williams and his family the best.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 01:17:00 PM

Monty Williams is not expected to return as an assistant coach for the Thunder next season.

Williams' wife was involved in a fatal car crash back in February, and he has been away from the team ever since that tragic incident. While Williams is expected to be a part of the Team USA coaching staff this summer, it's unclear exactly when he'll be ready to return to the sidelines for a full 82-game season. We wish him and his family the best.
Source: News OK
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 06:35:00 PM

The Thunder have agreed to hire former Pelicans coach Monty Williams as an assistant under Billy Donovan.

It's an exceptionally quick turnaround for Williams after the Pelicans cut him loose on May 12. He has five years of head-coaching experience with New Orleans, compiling a 173-221 record during the regular season with first-round playoff exits in 2010-11 and 2014-15, and there's little doubt that he'll serve as Donovan's head assistant. Current assistants Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic are expected to keep their positions, and OKC is still searching for another coach with "a strong defensive pedigree."
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that management viewed the decision to fire Monty Williams as best for the long-term success of the organization, and that there is currently no timetable on finding their next head coach.

Demps added that while he will be spearheading the head coaching search, it will ultimately come down to an organizational decision, and the status of the current assistant coaching staff's future with the Pelicans will be determined by the next head coach. So far, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mike Malone have been mentioned as possible replacements. Williams gave a very candid interview after his firing, which can be viewed in the link below. He is a class act, and should have no trouble finding his next coaching gig, although it may not be as a head coach.
Tue, May 12, 2015 04:29:00 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Monty Williams.

This comes as a bit of a surprise after Williams led the team to 45 wins and a playoff appearance in a tough Western Conference, despite dealing with a slew of injuries, but that's the business of being a head coach at the NBA level. There are now three head coaching positions open (Denver, Orlando, New Orleans), but the Pelicans are the only team that owns a true superstar in Anthony Davis. If Chicago's Tom Thibodeau is indeed ousted at the end of the season, he'll be a favorite for the New Orleans job, and it would be fascinating to see him mentor one of the leagues up-and-coming superstars.
Tue, May 12, 2015 01:03:00 PM

Monty Williams said he's not worried about his job security after being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Despite the factions that don't think Williams should be retained as the Pelicans head coach, Williams isn't worried about his job security. "I'm under contract; well paid to do what I do," he said, "Not something I think about." Williams will likely get another chance to bring the Pelicans back to the playoffs after finishing as the Western Conference's eight seed, but anything is possible and we'll be keeping a close eye on his status.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Monty Williams said that he will continue to fiddle with rotations during Game 4 of the preseason, but Game 5 and 6 will look more like regular season rotations.

It's standard procedure to fiddle with rotations in early preseason, but as we get closer to opening night the regular season minute’s distributions will begin to become clearer. We'll mainly be watching how Ryan Anderson's minutes are distributed, but it would seem Monty wants him on the floor, as he's willing to give the big man some time at the 3-spot. It'll also be interesting to see if Jimmer Fredette can earn a spot in the rotation once Tyreke Evans (hamstring) has returned to the court.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 05:58:00 PM

The Pelicans are "aggressively" trying to trade into the first round, according to Yahoo! Sports.

They are believed to be in the market for a small forward or center, which were two massive holes for them last season. They would have held the 10th pick in the draft, but it was dealt in the Jrue Holiday deal. Chances are they won't be able to acquire a lottery pick.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Pelicans coach Monty Williams feels his team needs to add a center and a wing shooter this offseason.

"We did the center position by committee. Some nights it worked, some nights it didn't work," said Williams, tactfully describing the Pelicans' platoon of guys like Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca. His comment about the need for wing shooting is also well taken, as New Orleans ranked 29th in 3-pointers made this season. "We have to have a wing shooter out there ... so that teams can't put their small forward on Ryan [Anderson]," he said. Pelicans GM Dell Demps will have a busy summer patching the holes around franchise centerpiece Anthony Davis.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 05:18:00 PM

The Pelicans are believed to be re-designing Pierre the Pelican's head to make him "less scary" before All-Star weekend.

He's easily the most talked-about mascot in the league and there have been countless of jokes made at his expense. "I hope they change their mascot so we can sleep after the game," play-by-play man Bill Land said back on Jan. 12 before the Spurs played New Orleans. It could be his red beak or about 20 other things, so the NBA world will just have to wait to see what a less scary pelican looks like. Meanwhile, the Pelicans defense hasn't been scary and is one of the worst in the league.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 02:52:00 PM

The Pelicans unveiled their new uniforms Thursday.

The upcoming season will be the first for New Orleans under the new nickname so it was only a matter of time before they unveiled new threads. There's no Pelicans logo on the unis and the color scheme is fairly simple. The jerseys, which are a mixture of navy, gold and white, received mixed reactions.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 03:13:00 PM

The Pelicans aren't seriously negotiating with any other free agent as they wait for Tyreke Evans to decide on whether he'll sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, league sources told John Reid of the Times Picayune.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Evans might not even sign the offer sheet as he's still traveling the free agent circuit. He's reportedly me with the Pistons, Hawks and Kings since being presented with New Orleans' offer and was apparently encourage by his meeting with Kings brass. The Pelicans, meanwhile, continue to shop Robin Lopez in an attempt to create cap space for Evans, but we're guessing they have a backup plan just in case Evans bails.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 05:54:00 PM

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