Despite making the playoffs in the rigorous Western Conference, Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Monty Williams.
Here are the two Woj Bombs:
New Orleans has fired coach Monty Williams, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 12, 2015
Williams just completed his fifth season as a head coach–all of them with the Pelicans–and make the playoffs for the second time. New Orleans finished 46-36 in his first season, finishing third in the division and making the playoffs.
The following year, the Pelicans stumbled to a 21-45 record in the lockout-shortened season. But New Orleans improved every year after that, winning 27, 34 and 45 games the next three seasons.
Anthony Davis blossomed into one of the top players in the NBA under Williams. How much influence Williams had on Davis’ development is up for interpretation, but there’s no denying the development.
The Pelicans surprised many by overtaking the 8th spot in the Western Conference from the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns, especially with the injuries the Pelicans dealt with during the season.
Anthony Davis missed 14 games, starting point guard Jrue Holiday missed 32 games and Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon each missed 21 games.
The first name that comes up as a coaching candidate is Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. That won’t change no matter what job opens up.
Williams signed a four-year extension in August of 2012.