Suns identify Monty Williams as new head coach

The Phoenix Suns have named Monty Williams as their new head coach, the staff introduced Friday morning.

Williams, who’s at present an assistant coach with the 76ers, will assume his new position after Philadelphia’s season ends.

The 47-year-old Williams, who performed with 5 NBA groups in 9 seasons earlier than retiring in 2003, has intensive teaching expertise. He posted a 173-221 document in 5 seasons as New Orleans’ head coach earlier than being fired in 2015. He is additionally spent seven season as an assistant in Oklahoma Metropolis, Portland and Philadelphia. He additionally served because the Spurs’ vice chairman of basketball operations from 2016-18.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Monty Williams to the Suns household as our subsequent head coach,” Suns common supervisor James Jones stated in an announcement. “Monty brings a wealth of NBA expertise, each as a coach and former participant, along with being a high-character particular person who will infuse basketball knowledge and life classes into our locker room.

“Monty is nicely revered for his teaching pedigree, management and dedication to the neighborhood, all of which make him the perfect individual to steer our staff transferring ahead.”

Williams had his second interview with the Suns Wednesday. He is additionally had a few interviews with the Lakers for his or her vacant place. The Suns had additionally interviewed Path Blazers assistants David Vanterpool and Nate Tibbetts, in keeping with the Arizona Republic.

Williams inherits an fascinating state of affairs in Phoenix. The Suns completed tied for the second-worst document within the NBA this season (19-63), however boast two franchise-caliber gamers in middle DeAndre Ayton and guard Devin Booker. They’re going to even have nice odds within the lottery of grabbing the No. 1 general decide within the 2019 NBA Draft.

Williams turns into the Suns 20th head coach, however their fifth since 2010, the final season the franchise made the NBA playoffs. Phoenix fired Igor Kokoškov on April 22 after one yr on the job.

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