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Lowe: Interview With Former Blazers Assistant Monty Williams

Zach Lowe of SI.com has an excellent interview with former Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach and current New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams. ------------------------------------- SI.com: What exactly makes things tick in San Antonio? Williams: Pop is the best. I wish a lot of young coaches could just go there and work for a year and learn the game. But Pop would kill me if I talked too much about how they do things. I will say this: One of the main things I learned there is that it can’t be about you. It has to be about the team. If you can’t get that, you can’t win. ... SI.com: You have a big man jog up like he’s going to set a pick for your point guard, only at the last second, he veers away. The goal seems to be to get the guy defending your point guard to concentrate for a split second on the screen he thinks is coming, and in that moment, your point guard can blow by him. Williams: Yup. I got that one from Nate [McMillan]. He ran that a lot for Brandon Roy. You’re just trying to get that guard to change his feet up a little bit, and so you’d run LaMarcus Aldridge up there to fake the pick-and-roll. And then Brandon would be off to the races. For a while, that play was unstoppable. Defenses started trapping Brandon, and then [Aldridge] would get an open jumper out of it. I just stole that play and put it in my book. ------------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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