Monty Williams was born today 50 years ago, and fifty years later the NBA world is aware of the development of one of the best coaches in the NBA. Already with an appearance in the NBA Finals and a galvanized list in search of validation in 2021-22, let’s analyze the emergence of Monty Williams.
Monty Williams the player
Monty Williams was a naturally gifted player who was polite and seemingly headed for NBA excellence. Monty Williams was extremely humble in his athleticism, and at Notre Dame, the 6’8 “230-pound Monty Williams was, in his words,” the BMOC on campus from a basketball perspective. ” heart disease, and Monty Williams learned the unfortunate news a month after Hank Gathers collapsed, so of course precaution was the priority. Monty Williams was cleared to play in 1992 and played two more seasons at Notre Dame Although his NBA career was limited to 456 games, Monty Williams would gain a foothold in the NBA shortly thereafter.
Monty Williams the husband
Monty and Ingrid Williams are a love story. Meeting in freshman on the Notre Dame campus, they went through all the ups and downs of professional basketball life. She was there with Monty Williams through the frightening times of her heart disease, the resilience to return to basketball, and the untimely end of what was once a promising career. When Ingrid Williams passed away, the basketball world was rocked in honor of Monty Williams, and her eulogy at his wife’s funeral was both heartbreaking and incredibly inspiring. Thanks to her support for Monty Williams, Ingrid was just as involved in the game as he was. . Their love is a model of soul, and one can only imagine the pain Monty Williams and his family suffered with the loss of Ingrid. Monty Williams relied on his faith, and if anyone is doing well in such a terrible consequence, it is Monty Williams.
Monty Williams the coach
After an internship with the San Antonio Spurs under the direction of legendary Gregg Popovich and assistant saves in Portland, OKC (after New Orleans) and Philadelphia, Monty Williams coached the New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans to a record of 173-221 before landing with the Phoenix Suns. He was hired in Phoenix after helping out in Philadelphia under coach Brett Brown. Monty Williams was known as the My way or the highway coach, and after the perceived failure in New Orleans, he matured, humbled himself and was open to finding a better way to coach. He listened to his players and peers and understood it. The Phoenix Suns finished 2nd overall in the Western Conference, represented the West in the NBA Finals and Monty Williams was second behind Tom Thibodeau in NBA Coach of the Year. Monty Williams has also won a comparable award from his peer coaches.
Having a 36-year-old Chris Paul as an extension of himself on the pitch increases Monty Williams’ awareness in training. Williams himself was a training candidate at 38, so he and Chris Paul have a lot of connections. There is no doubt that Chris Paul would be a great coach in the NBA, and having Monty Williams as a mentor of sorts will set that in motion when Paul decides to retire. Chris Paul is Monty Williams’ signal caller, the field general, and any other descriptors you choose to use. The ease of this relationship begins with the humility and lifelong learning of Monty Williams.
Happy Birthday Coach!
On the occasion of Monty Williams ’50th birthday, take a closer look at Monty Williams’ story. Be inspired by motivation, persistence and courageous reaction after the horrific adversity of losing your lovely wife Ingrid. Many would have given up, but Monty Williams continued and is now one of the best coaches in the NBA. Losing in the NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks is another “hurdle” Monty Williams must overcome to become a potential NBA coaching hall of fame. For now, enjoy your 50th Monty Williams.
Well done the coach!