Why there are fewer ex-player coaches in the NBA

While the NBA appears to be littered with head coaches who also happen to be ex-NBA players, the presence of such coaches is actually severely declining.  As of today, exactly half of NBA teams are run by one-time players. That split is almost identical across conferences as well, with seven such coaches in the East and eight in the West. The list of current head coaches that...
Via The Sports Quotient
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New Year’s Resolutions: Western Conference

The calendar has turned to 2016, and “resolution season” is in full swing. The theme is no different for multiple teams across the NBA, especially in the Western Conference, as teams look to finish the first half of the regular season in strong fashion. So, what resolutions should some of those teams make? We break it all down below: * Golden State Warriors: Be safe  While Golden...
Via Crossover Chronicles
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Warriors come out hot in season opening win

The Golden State Warriors opened the new season Tuesday night in front of a sold out Oracle Arena to the tune of a very Warrior-like 111-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The story coming in was obviously how the Warriors would fare in their new season, although if you paid any attention to the offseason, you’re well aware of the hype that surrounded Anthony Davis. After an...
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Monty Williams Building Strong Connection With Kevin Durant

Monty Williams has already made a strong connection with Kevin Durant in his first season as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Williams has reportedly "penetrated Durant's circumspect venner." "When he talks to Monty," the person said, "he's like a little kid talking to his father. He stares at him, listens to every word he says." Durant has also appeared to be engaged...
Via RealGM
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans Enter Training Camp with Playoff

Head Coach Alvin Gentry and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans pose for photos during NBA Media Day on September 28, 2015 at the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. (Getty Images) The New Orleans Pelicans opened training camp on Tuesday and players reported to new Pelican’s head coach Alvin Gentry. Gentry was an assistant coach for the NBA Champion...
Via The Sports Journal
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans finish 8th in's offseason rankings

The Pelicans didn't do much this offseason in terms of making sweeping changes to the personnel on the roster.But the moves they did make might be enough to see them take a significant leap next season.A change at the head coaching position, bringing in the offensive-minded Alvin Gentry in exchange for the more defensive-oriented Monty Williams, along with the signing of franchise...
Via Fox Sports
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

How Monty Williams could help the Thunder keep Kevin Durant

On Tuesday, news broke that the Thunder had hired Monty Williams as their lead assistant coach. Williams had been the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans until he was fired after this season. This is a great get for Billy Donovan, as Williams brings a wealth of experience in strategy, player development and X's and O's to the first time head coach.But there's another benefit to...
Via Fox Sports
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Monty Williams Agrees to Join Billy Donovan’s Staff with the Thunder

The trend of bringing on veteran NBA coaches to take part in a staff that’s being led by an inexperienced head coach took on a new meaning on Wednesday. According to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have hired former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams to be the team’s top assistant under first-year head coach Billy Donovan. This...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Monty Williams hire be key in keeping Kevin Durant with Thunder?

Monty Williams has landed on his feet. After being fired by the New Orleans Pelicans following a 45-37 season that sent the team to the playoffs, the 43-year-old coach has been hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Yahoo reports. Williams will be the top assistant on new coach Billy Donovan’s staff. Williams, a former pro,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants

Billy Donovan has targeted Monty Williams, Andy Greer and Nate Tibbetts to join his coaching staff with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Williams was recently fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, while Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Tibbetts with the Blazers. Brian Keefe is another possibility for the Thunder. Keefe left the Thunder last offseason to join Derek Fisher...
Via RealGM
May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans put irrational faith in Dell Demps by firing Williams

By Tony Xypteras The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday afternoon. Williams had been with the Pelicans since 2010, guiding the team towards incremental improvements every year before finally breaking through the playoff barrier this season. The reasoning behind Williams’ firing is admittedly understandable, but the timing is suspect. Pelicans general...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans Put Irrational Faith in Dell Demps, Fire Monty Williams

The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday afternoon. Williams had been with the Pelicans since 2010, guiding the team towards incremental improvements every year before finally breaking through the playoff barrier this season. The reasoning behind Williams’ firing is admittedly understandable, but the timing is suspect. Pelicans general manager Dell Demps...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Raptors showing interested in former Pelicans coach Monty Williams

Monty Williams wasn't going to be out of a job for long after the Pelicans let him go this week. But that doesn't mean the man who's been New Orleans' head coach for the past five years is guaranteed another position at the same level. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Raptors are interested in bringing in Williams, though not as a head coach: Mitch Lawrence of NBC New York reported...
Via Fox Sports
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Monty Williams firing impacts the Nuggets' coaching search

The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday. This may seem inconsequential for the Denver Nuggets, but it in fact creates a ripple effect that could greatly impact the Nuggets' coaching search, according to the Denver Post. While word around the league is their list of candidates doesn’t necessarily overlap Orlando’s, the same can’t be said with...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Here are five coaches who could replace Monty Williams

With Monty Williams gone, the New Orleans Pelicans have a very important decision to make: Who should be their next head coach? It won't be an easy job, but candidates will still line up around the block for the opportunity to coach the monster who is Anthony Davis. Kurt Helin from NBC's Pro Basketball Talk has compiled a list of five candidates:"This is now the best open coaching...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Joe Dumars already advising the Pelicans?

After firing Monty Williams on Tuesday, the Pelicans find themselves in need of a head coach. But their current general manager, Dell Demps, may want to keep one eye over his own shoulder, too.A recent report from CBS Sports' Ken Berger says former Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars is the one really making decisions, not actual Demps:"But league sources pointed out Tuesday...
Via Fox Sports
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

LeBron, Kyrie, expectations, and playing a role: While We’re Waiting…

Happy Wednesday, Blawg Pound. Have you recovered from last night yet? The Cavaliers fell into an early hole, they climbed out of it, they fell back into it, and climbed out of it again. They looked like they might take one last header into the pit, but they stood tall, sank their free throws down the stretch, and got the win. They lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 in Chicago Thursday...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Monty Williams' firing in New Orleans could complicate Magic's head coaching search

Did the Orlando Magic's head coaching search just become more complicated without anything changing in Orlando?The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Tuesday that they were parting ways with coach Monty Williams. And that could present one very big problem for the Magic -- a problem with a mighty unibrow. As Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel points out, the presence of Anthony...
Via Fox Sports
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans Fire Head Coach Monty Williams Despite Reaching NBA Playoffs

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday, parting ways with a coach who had a strong relationship with the franchise’s marquee player, Anthony Davis. The decision came only weeks after owner Tom Benson congratulated Williams and the entire basketball operations staff for “a job well done” after a season in which New Orleans qualified...
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

RUMOR: The New Orleans Pelicans Are After Tom Thibodeau

On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams and according to CBS Sports, they’re ready to come after current Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau was a candidate to land the Pelicans coaching job in 2010, but that ultimately went to Williams and Thibs went to Chicago. Ken Berger of CBS Sports said, with the firing of Williams, Thibodeau seems like the...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans fire head coach Monty Williams

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans have fired coach Monty Williams. Team president Mickey Loomis made the announcement on Tuesday that the team is moving forward without its coach of the past five years. Loomis says the team made the decision despite widespread sentiment in the organization that Williams is a high-character individual who represented the organization...
Via AP on Fox
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans fire head coach Monty Williams

In a stunning move, the New Orleans Pelicans have announced they have fired head coach Monty Williams. Williams was the head coach for five seasons and went 173-221 as head coach. He was hired as head coach in June of 2010 and led the team to two playoff appearances. The Pelicans went 45-37 and made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the West to only get swept by the Golden State...

Report: Pelicans fire Monty Williams

In what can only be considered a surprising move, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly have fired head coach Monty Williams. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the move, which comes after the Williams led the Pelicans to the playoffs this season. New Orleans has fired coach Monty Williams, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian […]
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans fire coach Monty Williams

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsThe New Orleans Pelicans informed Monty Williams that he will not be retained as the team’s head coach. Williams was appointed head coach of the Pelicans on June 7, 2010 and in five seasons has led the team to two playoff appearances and an overall record of 173-221. “I have the utmost respect for Monty Williams, not only as a coach but as a person...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans Fire Monty Williams After Solid Season

Making the playoffs in the NBA’s Western Conference isn’t easy to do. Each year, teams that would cause damage in the East are home for the playoffs just because they so happen to play their home games west of the […]
Via The Kevin Burke Project
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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