NEW ORLEANS—The Hornets call him one of the promising young coaches in the league. Let's hope they are right.
Tuesday, the club officially announced 38 year old Monty Williams as their new head coach. Williams spent the last five seasons with Portland. In 2004-2005 he was an assistant for Gregg Popovich at San Antonio. That season, the Spurs won the NBA title.
Williams said he learned a lot in his one year stint with the Popovich and the Spurs. Said Williams, " A lot of guys don't want to hear the truth. Until they lose a lot of games, or until they are out of the league. Pop always been a guy who has been out front, but you know he cares about you."
The length and terms of Williams' contract was not made available by the club, as per team policy.
Williams, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, was a first round pick of the Knicks in 1994.