Every time I’ve been fired from a job, I’ve been a little salty afterwards. Not always a little.
Monty Williams was nothing but class.
He was fired Tuesday morning. Later that day WDSU News spoke with Williams at his home, and that is as classy an interview as you will ever see. I tip my cap, not sure I could have done that.
Here is Williams’ official statement:
“I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson and Mickey for this unique opportunity I’ve had. My focus today is to appreciate the great journey over the last few years to be the head coach of this team. New Orleans is a special city with very special fans. I appreciate all the support that my family has received from all the great people and organizations we have been affiliated with throughout the area over the years. I need to thank my coaches and players because we take pride in our accomplishments as a group in progressing in the right direction and making the playoffs through the challenges of a long season. I’ll always be grateful for the relationships and thankful that our players always gave everything we asked of them on the court. I only wish the best for this team to continue taking strides forward and providing success to this special city.”
Williams is very well respected around the league — he was on the Team USA coaching staff for a reason last summer — and he will land on his feet. He will have multiple teams looking for him to be a lead assistant next season, and he will get another shot in the big chair at some point.
This interview will be part of the reason.