Monty Williams has joined the Spurs as vice president of basketball operations, according to an official team release. It was reported back in July that he would be accepting a position in San Antonio, but it was unclear whether it would be in a coaching or front office role at that time.
Williams left his position as associate head coach with the Thunder last season after losing his wife, Ingrid, to a car accident in February. He was an inspiration to many for the remarkable speech he delivered at her memorial service.
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Williams, 44, played nine NBA seasons, including two in San Antonio. He got his start in coaching by interning with the Spurs during the 2004-05 season, and was an assistant coach in Portland for five seasons before becoming the head coach in New Orleans from 2010-15. He has been part of the USA Basketball coaching staff since 2013, and is extremely well-respected in NBA circles.