Rumor: Former head coach Monty Williams a favorite for Bucks head-coaching gig
San Antonio Spurs Vice President of Basketball Operations Monty Williams is believed to be one of the early favorites to nail the Milwaukee Bucks coaching job following the firing of Jason Kidd, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical and Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
The 46-year-old took a job with the Spurs after a family tragedy took his mind away from coaching. Williams has been known to be a player’s coach; the same trait that is needed after the rupture of trust between star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and the organization.
Williams was last seen in the sidelines as an associate head coach for the 2015-16 Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-15, in which he built an incredible rapport with Anthony Davis, his lone star.
Assistant coach Joe Prunty is slated to serve as interim head coach until the Bucks can find a replacement, and this could be a prized opportunity for Williams to get back to the coaching reins once again, this time with a much more complete roster and a superstar player that is getting better by the minute, currently second in the league in scoring.
The Bucks are one of the youngest teams in the league, boasting a lineup of young faces like Antetokounmpo, 23; Malcolm Brogdon, 25; Jabari Parker, 22; Thon Maker, 20; Khris Middleton, 26; Tony Snell 26; Sterling Brown, 22; D.J. Wilson, 21; and Rashad Vaughn, 21, per Amick.
The organization is looking for someone to tap into its full potential and take this eighth seed to a much more competitive place in the next few months, expecting more than a quick first-round exit.