August 1, 2005
Portland Trail Blazers announced today that Monty Williams has been named to the team’s assistant coaching staff. Williams joins new Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan after serving last year as a coaching staff intern under Gregg Popovich for the San Antonio Spurs.
"Monty was a terrific competitor as a player that maximized his ability,” said John Nash, Trail Blazers General Manager. “That commitment to the game will be witnessed by our players as he assists Nate McMillan in molding our young players."
While with San Antonio, Williams worked alongside the Spurs coaching staff that won the 2004-2005 NBA Championship. Williams coached the Spurs summer league team that recently competed in the Rocky Mountain Revue.
Williams was selected by New York in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. He spent 10 seasons in the NBA and along with New York, played for San Antonio, Denver, Orlando and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Williams averaged 6.3 points, 2.8 rebound, and 1.2 assists per game before chronic knee problems forced him into retirement. Williams played collegiately at Notre Dame. Following his freshman season he diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causing him to miss the following two seasons.
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