NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two NBA teams facing off tonight are both reeling over the loss of a wife and mother
Ingrid Williams, the wife of former New Orleans Pelicans head coach, now assistant Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Monty Williams, was killed in a car accident Wednesday night.
The consolation of the Pelicans being in Oklahoma City tonight is that Pelicans players say they plan to offer support to Williams, and remember a woman loved dearly, not only by the team but also by the community.
After the news broke, several players tweeted their condolences.
Eric Gordon said he's saddened to hear about the passing of Ingrid Williams. Condolences to coach Monty Williams and his entire family.
Teammate Quincy Pondexter tweeted, deepest condolences to Monty Williams and his family. My heart goes out to them. Everyone please say a prayer."
Yesterday Anthony Davis said that he would try to visit with Williams.
Oklahoma City Police say that Ingrid Williams' SUV was hit head on by another car that crossed over the center lane. She died after being taken to a nearby hospital. The other driver was also killed
Monty Williams considered his wife his best friend, saying in a past interview that if he had any secrets she's it. Ingrid Williams leaves behind 5 children ages 5-17.
The Williams family moved to New Orleans in 2010 after the Pelicans hired Monty Williams as the head coach. They lived here until last season.
Even after Monty accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Thunder, he and his family were not forgotten by the Pelicans organization.