Suns coach Monty Williams was hired in 2019 and since has been doing a good job with this team.
He was names NBA Coach of the Year in 2022, when the Suns finished the regular season with a franchise record 64 wins.
Williams had some issues with his players, specially the young Deandre Ayton. He made him play only 17min in a cruci playoff game and did not really give any reason.
Now we know that Coach Monty did not talk with Ayton since the team lost in second round game 7 against Dallas.
Williams denied that he holds grudge against Ayton.
You know, I've heard all that stuff second and third-hand, all the narratives. The bottom line is I have to coach. All of our players will tell you that I coach everybody. When I have to make a move like that, it's me calling them up,» Williams explained on SiriusXM NBA Radio. «It's never personal, and I think DA said it best when he did an interview. Our relationship is calm. I've invested a lot of time into the player and the person. When I do something like that, it's because I want what's best for you. But I also have to try my best to hold everybody accountable at the same time. There are times when I wish could have handled things a little bit differently. I will take it myself.
This week, Coach was asked again about the situation between him and his player.
He responded that he haven't talk to a lot of guys since their last game.
I haven't talked to a lot of guys. Like I said earlier in the summer, they needed a break,
From me, the gym. Unless you were in the gym like every day... I've had interactions with everybody, talking to guys about deep stuff. I think when you've been around a group as much as we have the last three years -- first year the bubble, and then condensed seasons -- I felt like guys needed a break. Even when guys are in the gym, I wouldn't come downstairs just cause I wanted them to get a break from me. I think so much has been made of Game 7, Williams continued. We put it to bed last night as a team. You can ask everybody in the gym, I put it to bed last night
I think if you ask a bunch of our guys they'd be like 'yeah coach has been quiet this summer. I just wanted to get everybody a break. Your voice can become too much and I just didn't want that to happen.