Monty Williams is now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Fans of that team are hoping he can do for them what he did for the Phoenix Suns.
That’s a tall order, even for someone as talented as Williams.
Yet, based on his latest comments, he sounds driven and excited.
Speaking to ESPN before Friday night’s Summer League game, Williams opened up about getting hired by the Pistons and why he took on the job.
“I’m grateful that I have a job and try not to ever lose sight of the fact that I’m employed and have been in the NBA for as long as I have,” Williams stated.
He added that he took the job because he had a chance “to restore the Pistons to where they were.”
Williams then said that his new job was a “huge blessing” for him and his family and one that he doesn’t take for granted.
Williams just experienced quite a journey with the Suns.
He was hired as their head coach back in 2019.
Williams saw the team transform from the bottom of the barrel in the West to Western Conference champions in 2021.
However, they also continually had problems in the postseason
This was especially true in the last two years when they were blown out in their final games.
This led to Williams’ firing a couple of months ago.
But he was quickly signed by the Pistons, who gave him the biggest coaching deal in NBA history.
Inside reporting says that he will earn at least $78.5 million over six seasons.
Of course, the Pistons are expecting a lot for all of that money.
They will want results from Williams and his coaching staff.
Based on what he said Friday night, it sounds like Williams is up for the task and ready to get started.NEXT: Cade Cunningham Is Quietly Having A Great Start To His Career