New Orleans Pelicans Fire Head Coach Monty Williams



The New Orleans Pelicans have fire their head coach Monty Williams according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Williams ends his Hornets-Pelicans stint with a subpar record of 173-221.

Despite Williams’ bad record the firing still comes as a surprise given that the Pelicans beat out Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder for the final playoff spot. Many will argue that the team made the playoffs more due to the play of Anthony Davis (they did) than Williams’ coaching job.

Now the Pelicans join the Orlando Magic as the hottest head coaching vacancy in the league. A nucleus of Davis, Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans is sure to attract top candidates–especially one Tom Thibodeau if the Chicago Bulls are foolish enough to part ways.

As for Williams an assistant head coaching job is more likely than another head coaching gig. I believe he is a good coach just not a head coach–yet. Maybe a couple more seasons on the Team USA coaching staff with Coach K and accompanying a Doc Rivers will do the trick. Either way I think this parting between Williams and the Pelicans will mutually benefit both parties.