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Lowe: Interview With Former Blazers Assistant Monty Williams

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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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