Phoenix Suns Hire Monty Williams as New Head Coach
Somewhat surprisingly, one of the most sought after coaches on the market has chosen to commit to the Phoenix Suns for the next 5 years.
Monty Williams is finalizing a deal to become Phoenix’s coach, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 3, 2019
“I am thrilled to welcome Monty Williams to the Suns family as our next head coach,” said general manager James Jones. “Monty brings a wealth of NBA experience, both as a coach and former player, in addition to being a high-character individual who will infuse basketball wisdom and life lessons into our locker room.”
Williams previously coached the New Orleans Pelicans between 2011-2015, leading them to two playoff appearances during that period. He is known as one of the good guys around the league who connects with players and is able to motivate them.
“He’s almost like a father figure in some ways,” said Clippers guard Landry Shamet. “He’s very good at connecting with his players and keeping them even-kneeled; aware of the bigger picture.”
As for the Suns, mired by dysfunction and incompetence, hiring five different head coaches since 2008, the hope is that this is the period of a stable, long-term period of success.
From Williams perspective, the team has the talent. Devin Booker is one of the bright young stars in the NBA and Deandre Ayton has yet to even scratch the surface. Williams will hope to get through to these young players and start from scratch in terms of setting up a culture of hard work and a team-first attitude.
Williams is currently an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and will remain with the team until the end of their playoff run, before joining the Suns.