Former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams makes a comeback for the San Antonio Spurs organization as he was named San Antonio Spurs Vice President of Basketball Operations. The organization announced Friday that Monty is returning to San Antonio after a coaching stint for the Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to Fox Sports, Williams reportedly announced in July that he would be accepting a position in the franchise but no specific role. Last season, Williams left his position as associate head coach with the Thunder organization after losing his wife, Ingrid, in February due to a car accident. Williams delivered a remarkable speech at his wife’s memorial service that also became viral.
“Yeah, I still text her, and it’s not like I know she’s going to answer — I know she’s not going to answer — but it’s just part of what I do. I’ll go outside at night and I’ll just look up in the sky and just start talking to her. When you’ve been with somebody for 26 years and married for 20, you would have to just be around us to know what we were like. So I find myself doing everything that I can that I knew she would do,” Williams told in an interview when asked how he’s dealing with the passing of his wife.
In an article posted in My San Antonio, aside from Williams, the franchise have also hired Phil Cullen as director of basketball strategy, Pat Sund as pro personnel scout/Austin Spurs assistant general manager, Nick Repole as director of basketball information systems and Landry Fields, who played five NBA seasons with New York and Toronto, has been named a college scout.
Monty Williams, 44, served as the head coach of the Pelicans for five seasons with a record 45-37. He played in the NBA for nine years, including two seasons in San Antonio where he also started his coaching career during the 2004-05 season. He was also part of Portland’s coaching staff as an assistant coach for five seasons before transferring to New Orleans as head coach from 2010-15.
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