Monty Williams left Portland for the top coaching job with the New Orleans Hornets. He left too early. When he brought his team to the Rose Garden Thursday night, he found a Blazer team without the man who hired him.
On a more positive note, he also found a way to re-connect with the roots he grew in Portland while he was here.
Thirty-five fans got a section of seats from Coach Williams. Friends he made here, guys with their kids, got behind-the-scenes passes. Monty Williams knows basketball is the name of the game, but there's an even bigger game, one most sports people choose to ignore.
Williams is a golden domer for more than his hairstyle. He was a Notre Dame player who wondered if health issues would allow him to ever play again, let alone make the big step to the NBA. He had to wonder if his own history would fade enough to set him free.
Nine years in the league answered those questions.
Now one of the youngest coaches in the NBA, Williams shows how well he'...