Williams Focuses on Making Hornets Better
In December, NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed a trade that would have sent Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal, saying it wasn’t in the best interest of the Hornets. Ultimately, Stern approved the trade that sent Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Eric Gordon, Al Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ unprotected first-round pick, which became the 10th pick in this month’s draft on Wednesday night.
“Don’t get me wrong, this is really cool for us, and I feel blessed that we have the No. 1 pick,” (Monty) Williams said. “But as I said before, my job never changed. I want to keep that focus, no matter what the situation is — ownership, players want to leave, No. 1 pick, the bottom line my job hasn’t changed. My focus is always to try to get better, talk to other coaches and watch other guys practices. I feel I don’t have anything to gloat about. We haven’t done anything yet.”
Williams said he learned from San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich to keep working to improve.
“This is the start of a new beginning,” Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said. “We’re hoping for the best. I think we have a good core right now, and we’re looking forward to building for the future and be good for a long time.”