Pistons Announce Firing Of Coach Monty Williams After ‘Thorough Review’

The Detroit Pistons have fired coach Monty Williams after one season, following what team owner Tom Gores called a “thorough review and analysis” of Williams’ performance.Monty Williams, Detroit Pistons, NBA

Williams still has five years and $65 million left on his contract. They just hired Trajan Langdon as their new head of basketball operations on May 31.

The decision to move on from Williams seems to have been made by Gores, as opposed solely by Langdon.

“Decisions like these are difficult to make, and I want to thank Monty for his hard work and dedication,” Gores said in a statement from the team. “Coaching has many dynamic challenges that emerge during a season and Monty always handled those with grace.  However, after reviewing our performance carefully and assessing our current position as an organization, we will chart a new course moving forward.”

“I have great respect for Monty as a coach and as a person and I am certain he will be successful in his future endeavors. I sincerely wish him and his family the very best.”

Detroit’s search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Williams, 52, compiled a league-worst 14-68 record in his lone season with the Pistons, setting the NBA consecutive loss record at 28. But the roster is incredibly young and suffered multiple injuries.

Before that, he was coach of the Hornets (then in New Orleans) and Phoenix Suns, and has a 381-404 overall coaching record. He coached the Suns to the NBA Finals in 2020-21, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to bring a championship-caliber team to Detroit,” Gores added. “We will be diligent and swift in our search for a new head coach to lead our exciting young core of players and will continue our vision towards building a best-in-class front office that will help us achieve sustainable success.”

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  1. Cavs need to stop messing around and hire the best coach before that coach says no to Cavs for something else.

    The sad fact we’re waiting til the draft means in my opinion that Cavs are still letting the existence of LeBron James and family affect our present and our future, even from afar. Can’t wait til this dynamic is over.

    What else from the draft makes it necessary to wait to hire the best coach? How good is it for the locker room to send the message on your next coach that you weren’t really that confident in the pick? On top of that there is work to be done if there is a direction that we’re going.. and losing months to the offseason can be enough to affect us in the next post season.. WAKE UP KOBY! Get him a drink! Wake him up!

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