NBA champion backs Monty Williams, says Suns will hire Whites coach ‘so he can get all the credit’

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NBA champion Stephen Jackson is not a fan of phoenix suns choosing to part ways with head coach Monty Williams.

Williams, who won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2022, was fired Saturday after four seasons as the Suns’ head coach.

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams looks on during Game Six of the 2023 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets on May 11, 2023 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

His dismissal came after back-to-back losses in 2022 and NBA Playoffs 2023ending the Suns’ season in both years.

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On the «I Am Athlete» podcast, Jackson said he felt the Suns should have given Williams more roster time after the acquisition. Kevin Durant during the middle of the season.

«Absolutely not. You assemble this team at the end of the year, I don’t care if you have KD [Kevin Durant] Or not. Chemistry is still important. I don’t care what stars you have,» Jackson said when asked if the firing was the right move. “Chemistry is still important. They still need time. I even said, if they lose, they were going to give this team another year, minus CP3 [Chris Paul]. I said that. Give this team another year to have a full season of training camp and all this together to see if they can pull it off.

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Devin Booker #1 with head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at the Footprint Center on May 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

«I didn’t think they were going to get rid of the coach. I think he was the right coach for the job. But you know how they do it. When teams get together like this, they rush to find a white coach, somewhere, just put him in that position, so I can get all the credit. I don’t care. Ya, I said it. They do it too much.»

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Williams was signed by the Suns in 2019 and led Phoenix to the NBA Finals during the 2020-21 season.

«Any time a black coach comes into the league, he gets the worst team in the league to start his career with,» Jackson said.

Stephen Jackson in June 2020

Stephen Jackson in June 2020. Usp News George Floyd Protests A Usa Mn (Jack Gruber via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

«But in situations like this, they always find a white coach somewhere, just like they did Steve Nash in Brooklyn — will launch it in a place where the team is already basically united, «he continued.» I think Monty Williams is a great trainer and that is why in the next day or two, you will see him training elsewhere. .

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«They did Monty wrong. They know they shouldn’t have done that.»

Williams is one of three coaches who made the playoffs this season only to be fired after the year.

head coach of the milwaukee bucks mike budenholzerwho defeated the Suns to win the 2021 NBA Finals, was fired after Milwaukee’s first-round elimination by the Miami Heat.

On Tuesday, the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers doc rivers he was fired after three seasons, as the Sixers failed to make it past the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the third straight year.

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