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.

Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.