Monty Williams won’t coach Suns in Summer League, says he might act like a ‘third-world dictator’
New Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams will not call the shots during the team’s Summer League play.
Williams told the Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin a younger coach is better off gaining valuable experience in the NBA Summer League. Plus, Williams foresees himself acting like “a third-world dictator.”
I’m not above that, but probably not. I don’t want to take away from someone else’s chance to get experience. I’ve done summer league three or four times, I’m not quite sure, but it was a valuable experience for me being a young coach and if I do it, it takes that experience away from another guy.
I could see me getting a tech acting like a third-world dictator in summer league. So, I’m just going to wait to reserve that energy for the season.
“He kept saying he’s excited. I’m excited for him, this organization and where we go from here."
George King impressed with new #Suns coach Monty Williams, eyes strong summer league after spending most of rookie year in G League (w/video). https://t.co/syo7eCRyNG via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/Nw0PjWbZhh
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) May 27, 2019
The Suns finished with a woeful 19-63 (.232) win-loss record this season. They have alos missed the playoffs for nine straight years.
Williams told Cody Cunningham of the Suns’ official website on May 23 Phoenix’s resurgence will depend on a collaborative effort among the players, coaching staff, and front office.
“Ultimately it will come down to (Suns general manager) James (Jones), myself, and the players pushing this thing forward,” Williams said.
Williams will work with one of the youngest rosters in the NBA. He will depend on the likes of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Tyler Johnson, T.J. Warren, and Josh Jackson.
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams joins The Woj Pod pic.twitter.com/A2I6G9Qt0f
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 23, 2019
Williams and Jones hope to snag a big-name player in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft next month. The Suns own the eighth overall selection.
Don’t expect these Suns to win right away. However, with Monty Williams at the helm, he should lay a solid foundation in Phoenix for years to come.