NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - I'll admit it. I've spent more time battling the #FireMontys on Twitter this season than any other topic I've ever broached on social media.
It wasn't that I thought Monty Williams was a great coach. He had obvious flaws. But it was mind-boggling to me to see how many people were completely ignoring the tangible growth in the franchise. Many respected coaches have won fewer games during seasons with far better circumstances.
But I'm also a realist. As much as I think Williams deserved to at least finish out his contract, I also know he left enough doubt on his resume for his bosses to give him the axe. And while getting to the playoffs was a great accomplishment, it was as if game three's meltdown completely spoiled the whole experience.
Which leads me to the point of this column: Monty is gone and they now say the search is on for the head coach to take them to the 'next level.'
Sorry, but I'm not buying it.
I believe this organization already has the guy they want. At least they believe they are very close to landing him.
They better. Williams may not be the guy to take them to the promised land but he was someone that could take them into the postseason tournament. This a playoff team with Williams on the bench next year. And I know many have pointed to the Thunder injuries as the reasons why the Pelicans even made the playoffs. I counter with the enormous amount of injuries the Pelicans suffered. They won 45 games with Jrue Holiday missing over 40. If Holiday misses just half of those games, we are realistically looking at a 50-win season at the very least.
There is no way this organization is giving up the safety net they had with Williams to 'hope' they get the guy they want. It's too big of a risk.
They know who they want their next head coach to be. In fact, I believe they already think they have him.
It's just a matter of time before we find out who that coach is.