New Orleans Hornets make it official: Monty Williams is the man

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Thumbnail image for hornets_logo.gifWe’ve know this was coming since the weekend, but the Hornets have made it official and announced former Portland assistant Monty Williams as their new head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Reports are this is a three-year deal, with a team option for a fourth.

Williams, 38, now becomes the youngest head coach in the NBA (it had been Miami’s Erik Spoelstra.

Here is the tedious, official quote from Williams in the press release (these are never insightful):

“I am honored for this opportunity to be the Hornets head coach,” Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams said. “I have been fortunate to be around this game as a player and an assistant coach. I have had the privilege to play for and coach alongside some of the best coaches in this league. The Hornets have a first-class organization and team; this is the perfect opportunity for me. I am very excited to get started in New Orleans.”

What he should have said is, “Man am I going to look a lot smarter as a coach with Chris Paul running my team on the floor.”

It was Paul that had pushed for Williams to get the job within the organization. Williams played at Notre Dame then had a 10-year NBA career as a journeyman small forward.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.