Regardless of leading the New Orleans Pelicans to playoffs surprisingly since 2011, Monty Williams was terminated as head coach on Tuesday, according to a team press release.
Williams was selected head coach of the Pelicans on June 7, 2010 and in five seasons drove the group to two playoff appearances and a general record of 173-221.
The Pelicans completed 45-37 this season, gaining the eighth seed in the playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Golden State in four games.
“Settling on a choice like this is never simple and is never done quickly, particularly when you are managing an individual of Monty Williams’ character,” Official VP Mickey Loomis said in a release. “We expressed gratitude toward Monty for the enormous work and duty he made to our association and the improvement of our young players, particularly Anthony Davis. While we keep on meeting expectations towards enhancing our list, we chose that now was the time to settle on this choice. We don’t wish anything yet the best for Monty later on.”
General Administrator Dell Demps included, “We persevered through a ton of progress during the past season and Monty was a relentless impact in our locker room. We wish him and his family only the best.”
Williams had a year staying on his agreement after this season, while Demps had a group alternative.
The Pelicans have a news conference planned for 3 p.m. today that will be led by Demps.
At his season-ending news conference