USA Basketball Coaching Role an Extraordinary Honor for Williams
A man who consistently stresses to his players the importance of being thankful for the innumerable blessings in their lives, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams was given a priceless honor Monday. The USA men’s basketball team chose Williams – along with Jim Boeheim and Tom Thibodeau – as assistant coaches for the period of 2013-16. Williams will be on the staff of Duke University and USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has guided the American team to a 62-1 record since 2006, despite the increasingly formidable competition of international hoops.
The next major competition for USA Basketball will take place next summer, when the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup takes place in Spain. The 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro, conclude the four-offseason timeframe. In between, the USA team will hold a minicamp in Las Vegas next month from July 22-25. It also will potentially participate in 2015 Olympic qualifying (if necessary, based on outcome of ’14 World Cup).
That four-day minicamp will now have an extremely large Pelicans presence – in addition to Williams being on hand as an assistant coach, forwards Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson have also been invited. Davis was the lone college player on the 2012 USA squad that captured a gold medal in London, England. Meanwhile, as one of the NBA’s premier three-point shooters, Anderson has potential to make an impact for the national team as a long-range specialist who is also an underrated rebounder.
Williams previously has experience representing USA Basketball as a player, having been a member of 22-and-under team that won a gold medal in 1993.
“I want to thank (USA Basketball chairman Jerry) Colangelo for his confidence in me and I am truly honored and looking forward to working on Coach K’s staff,” said Williams in a press release Monday afternoon. “For me to be involved as an assistant coach for USA Basketball where I can represent my country is a privilege and the ultimate honor. … With this honor, I feel the same sense of pride again for my country, but I also want to make the Bensons, Pelican organization, New Orleans community and my family proud.”
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