Two weeks ago, New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson sent a letter to Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, Pelicans players, and the rest of the Pelicans staff. The letter congratulated Williams and others on their great season. The Pelicans made the playoffs for the first time in four years and finished with a 45-37 record grabbing the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
The letter goes as followed:
“Dear Monty, Dell and all of the Pelicans Coaches and Players:
“I wanted to thank each and every one of you for a job well done this past season. We made the playoffs in a very strong finish at the end of the season. That is a tribute to your hard work and determination. You were able to overcome the adversities that face every team, but it was the way you all came together as a team that made us all very proud.
“Our fans were truly galvanized by your dedication. Our theme this year was to Take Flight. I am confident that we have begun to take flight as a team. We now must turn our attention to getting better and coming back for the 2015-16 season with an even stronger resolve.
“I am very excited about the future of our Pelicans and you have my word and my resolve to bring everything to bear to win. New Orleans deserves an NBA Championship and we have the foundation, facilities and fans to make this a reality.
Tom Benson, Owner.”
Well, something may have happened between Monty Williams and the Pelicans because now, Williams is without a job according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
New Orleans has fired coach Monty Williams, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 12, 2015
Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis released the following statement on the firing of Williams.
“Making a decision like this is never easy and is never done hastily, especially when you are dealing with a person of Monty Williams’ character. We thanked Monty for the tremendous work and commitment he made to our organization and the development of our young players, specifically Anthony Davis,” said Loomis. “While we continue to work towards improving our roster, we decided that now was the time to make this decision. We wish nothing but the best for Monty in the future.”
Pelicans Senior Vice President of Basketball Operation/ General Manager Dell Demps also add in on the firing of Williams.
“We thank Monty for his dedication and leadership to our team both on and off the court. He served as a great role model for our young team and worked tirelessly towards the development of all of our players. We endured a lot of change during the past season and Monty was a steady influence in our locker room. We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
The Pelicans are expected to start their search for a new head coach immediately.
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