New Suns head coach Monty Williams is ‘big on culture’
New Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams says he is “big on culture” and doesn’t necessarily view the team as a family.
Williams, who signed a five-year deal with the Suns, says having a positive culture and building the right habits are important for the Suns.
“I’m big on culture. The word family is used a lot. I don’t know why we use that in sports because we’re not family. But we can have a great culture. We can show up on time. We can work hard." – Suns coach Monty Williams
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 23, 2019
Williams has his work cut out for him with the Suns. Phoenix hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010. The Suns won just 19 games this season and have been a walking disaster for years.
The roster in Phoenix is headlined by shooting guard Devin Booker and center Deandre Ayton. Small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is a restricted free agent this summer. The Suns acquired him from the Washington Wizards in the Trevor Ariza trade.
Two of Williams’ new players have gotten arrested this summer: Swingman Josh Jackson and big man Richaun Holmes. That’s probably not the news Williams wanted to receive upon taking the job.
The Suns have the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Drafting another impact player to pair alongside Booker and Ayton is a big priority. Phoenix is in desperate need of a starting-caliber point guard
Williams was head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans for five seasons. He went 173-221 in the regular season and 2-8 in the playoffs.