The Phoenix Suns introduced new head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday. Here are three takeaways from what he had to say in his first press conference.
In what’s become something of an annual May tradition over the last 3-4 years, the Phoenix Suns introduced their new head coach Tuesday morning. With general manager James Jones, the newly hired Monty Williams and a throng of local media members in attendance, the franchise took the first step in turning the page, and hopefully not just another page in an expanding anthology of Suns head coaches.
Williams was well-spoken, fielding questions about what appealed to him with this job, what he’s learned from his time in the league, what potential he sees in the roster and much more. It was a PR home run for a team that’s needed whatever positive press it can get over the last few years, but the intro press conferences are always the easy part.
Being optimistic is the default response to change when the status quo has been complete disarray. An articulate, well-respected coach like Williams was bound to win over those tuning in with his confidence about building something great from the ground up. It was exactly what fans hoped to hear from the team’s fifth head coach in the last five years, who was just awarded a five-year contract.
The path to stability lies ahead, but actually getting there and prospering is another matter. So what can we glean from Monty Williams’ introductory presser, and what lies ahead for the Phoenix Suns under their new head coach? Here’s a look at the three biggest takeaways.