Report: New Orleans Pelicans Fire Head Coach Monty Williams

By Vincent Frank

This has to be considered somewhat of a surprise. Coming off their first playoff appearance in four years, the New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly fired head coach Monty Williams.

For a team that was a combined 66 games under .500 in the three seasons prior to 2014-2015, Williams did a tremendous job overcoming injuries and a tough Western Conference to win 45 games and earn a playoff spot.

And while New Orleans was swept out in the first round by the top-seeded Golden State Warriors, it did seem like the team was heading in the right direction.

Yahoo Sports NBA insider¬†Adrian Wojnarowski, who was the first to report the news, called it “stunning” shortly thereafter.

In addition to earning a playoff spot this year, Williams had led the Pelicans to an increase in wins over the course of the previous three seasons. And with a young star in Anthony Davis, it appeared that he would be the guy to lead the team moving forward.

It’s rather obvious that general manager¬†Dell Demps and company didn’t think so.

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