Monty Williams and Suns Part Ways

Monty Williams and Suns Agree to Part Ways
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Monty Williams, the now former Phoenix Suns coach, is parting ways with the Suns after the game six defeat to the Denver Nuggets, who are the one seed in the west. This wasn’t the only reason for the Suns firing Williams, as he continuously could not lead the Suns to a NBA title, something this roster is capable of doing after appearing in the NBA Finals in 2021, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games after being up two games to none.

He had a record of 194-115 with the Suns and he also won coach of the year in 2021-22 season when he led them to a one seed with a regular season record of 64-18. They ultimately lost to Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks in game seven by 40 points.

Why would the Suns let him go?

For why Monty was fired, it was more of never getting his teams that he had throughout four years to get over the hump even when you went all in, for example, when he traded the Suns depth, draft capital, and good players for superstar Kevin Durant in the 2023 season. In the 2021 playoffs, the Suns best chance at a title, the fell apart after the Bucks gained the momentum back by winning game three. Deandre Ayton looked lost, Chris Paul didn’t execute and Devin Booker disappeared in game three, and Mikal Bridges disappeared in game four.

This was a team that had championship aspirations and failed to do so. They never got back to that level of success, losing to the Mavericks in blowout fashion in the western conference semifinals in 2022 and losing to the one-seed Denver Nuggets in the western conference semifinals in 2023. All of that starts with the coaching, with Monty Williams being held accountable. After the game six loss to the Nuggets, former athletes like Shannon Sharpe are calling for Williams to be fired following the blowout loss, as he did.

Williams will find a new home and we thank him for everything he did to try to put the Phoenix Suns back on the NBA map.

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