In the NO Podcast Episode 152: Monty on the Hot Seat? Team construction?

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Published: October 26, 2013
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ESPN.com’s Amin Elhassan joins Michael and I again to talk about his latest Pelicans articles. We talk about Monty being able to coach this team and if he might end up on the hot seat, wonder at how good Anthony Davis will be, talk about the parts on this team and if they will work, and ask him if we might have given up on Aminu too early.

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10 comments
xman20002000
xman20002000

So Monty Williams just got an extension where he proclaimed he got more than he was expecting...  There was talk of coach of the year during the rebuilding process...  I think when he had CP3 and D West there were different coaching techniques not as much teaching as with even Lopez and Vasquez....  Then last season we needed more scoring...  not much veteran presence and no Eric Gordon plus inside 2 minutes... the veteran teams clobbered us..  Notice how we got handled in the 4th quarter against the Heat but we beat everyone else...and even against the Heat we held our own for 3 quarters now that was strange... LOL>.

504ever
504ever

Interesting analogy by Amin of Rivers as Bayless, before Bayless figured out he wasn't anything special at this level and was a just an average 2nd team player.  So, Amin continued, until Rivers figures that out, he won't be much more than Bayless was in Bayless's brief stop in N.O.  WOW!  Never thought of it that way, but that is hard to argue with (especiaily when Bayless and Rivers are basically the same size and tweener or combo guards).

Also thought Amin's point about the Pelican's having great offensive talent that will need time to blend together was accurate, but I don't think the blending will take as long as Amin thinks.  Amin thinks it will take longer than one season. I think because the these guys are basically the same age, and have played together, but against each, other since AAU days, that will shorten the blending time line.  Hope I am not deluding myself.

Finally, I can't agree Monty is on the hot seat.  I expect a 0.500ish record and the Pelicans being in the playoff hunt throughout the season.  That would be a big improvement over last year, and a huge positive for the fan base and future ticket sales.  So I see Monty staying for a while.

GerryV
GerryV

So if the team wins 12 more games you would still "hot seat" Monty? Erase the past 2 seasons....everyone on the planet knew the team lacked the talent to win...plus the roster wasn't properly addressed while ownership was in transition....this off season with new ownership had more bang for the buck to it.....( plus you do know who is lurking around for a coaching gig right?") i'll discuss when we do a podcast.......what needs to happen for this team are very clear...no secret potions needed.

GerryV
GerryV

...and lets not forget a very  important factor.....your wings better run as well....you create "early spacing" when you get out and go....helps create those driving and cutting lanes.....and you better DEFENSIVE REBOUND...and lets not forget the def fg%......

Hank_
Hank_

A faster pace would also help to keep everyone happy. Faster pace = more possessions = more shots = more points for everyone.

LaNative
LaNative

I can understand Monty being on the hot seat, but I don't agree. With the youngest team in the NBA he had better let the young horses run. Although I think it is hard for him to relinquish control and has a parenting type mentality, he needs to show flexibility and a mix it up coaching style to maximize his talent. This is the most talent he has had since Paul, West and Chandler and it will take some adjustment on his part to change his mentality. I disagree because he may need more than one year to build chemistry which could take longer than this season.

lsucpolk
lsucpolk

Totally agree with the assessment of Monty.  I'm going into the year with high hopes, and giving him the benefit of the doubt, but if he tries to force a square peg into a round hole, and makes the Pelicans a slow paced, grind it out team, we could lose some winnable games.  If players aren't getting touches they feel they deserve as a result, it could be a long year.  Monty's philosophy regarding this team is a huge, huge factor going to the season.          

MikeWright0404
MikeWright0404

Loved the podcast and can't wait for the season to start. Think Amin is right on with his comments that the Pelicans must play uptempo to be successful. With Jrue at PG, they have the guy to make it happen. Hank's earlier comment is right on, Jrue gets them in their offense now and has the speed to succeed in the open court. Gordon and Tyreke are also best in an uptempo, open court type of game.

Game #1 will be a great test for NO. The Pacers are a beat you up, slow tempo, top rebounding team. The Pelicans will have the best chance of winning only by making it uptempo. If NO goes big to match Pacer bigs, they will lose. Let's see which team imposes it will on the other. 

Hank_
Hank_

Monty has definitely done a much better job with pace this preseason. I cant remember a single last second shot in the shot clock from the 3 or 4 preseason games that I was able to watch. Its been a very refreshing change from last year when Vasquez would dribble until someone was forced to take a shot with 3 or 4 seconds left

NOH Domination
NOH Domination

Starting controversy with Monty already.... Shame.