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- The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on /4/12.
- He finishes with a 173-221 (.348) win-loss record in five seasons.
The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on /4/12.
The New Orleans Peilcans have fired head coach Monty Williams.
The Pelicans made the announcement via a press release on their official website on /4/12:
“The New Orleans Pelicans today have informed Monty Williams that he will not be retained as the team’s head coach, it was announced by Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis.
“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.”
Loomis told the Pelicans’ official website the decision was anything but easy:
“Making a decision like this is never easy and is never done hastily, especially when you are dealing with a person of Monty Williams’ character. We thanked Monty for the tremendous work and commitment he made to our organization and the development of our young players, specifically Anthony Davis.
“While we continue to work towards improving our roster, we decided that now was the time to make this decision. We wish nothing but the best for Monty in the future.”
In an interview with WDSU-TV’s Fletcher Mackel, Williams said he is not bitter about his dismissal:
“I just want the fans to know I’m thankful for what they’ve done for me, I’m so indebted to them. I don’t have any bitterness in my heart, man. I’m a bit hurt, a bit stuffed up. But God has always been in control of my life and I’m so blessed to have done what I’ve done here and to be a part of this great city.”
According to league sources who told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has been eager for greater control of the team.
Demps eventually “pushed out Williams,” per Wojnarowski.
The Yahoo! Sports update says Pelicans management support wavered while obstacles increased during the 2014-15 NBA season.
The New Orleans Times Picayune’s John Reid repoted on Tuesday that Williams still had a year left on his contract while Demps had a team option.
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