Making the playoffs in the NBA’s Western Conference isn’t easy to do. Each year, teams that would cause damage in the East are home for the playoffs just because they so happen to play their home games west of the Mississippi River.
This is why the Pelicans firing Monty Williams is a huge shock. The Pelicans were without Anthony Davis for certain stretches during the year, but they still managed to find their way in to the postseason. Granted they were swept in the first round by Golden State, just take a look at what the team has accomplished the past few seasons.
After delivering the New Orleans Pelicans to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, coach Monty Williams was fired on Tuesday morning, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
General manager Dell Demps had been wrestling for greater control of the franchise and pushed out Williams. Around Williams’ staff this season, there was a sense of decreasing management support and unnecessary obstacles, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams, 43, led the Pelicans to the playoffs in the 2010-11 and 2014-15 seasons