Kevin Durant will likely be taking part in for one more new coach subsequent season.

The Phoenix Suns fired head coach Monty Williams on Saturday, in response to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The axing comes two days after the Suns suffered a season-ending 125-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night time in Sport 6 of their Western Convention semifinal sequence.

The Suns have been with out star veteran level guard Chris Paul (groin pressure) for Video games 2-6. Deandre Ayton missed Sport 6 as a result of a rib contusion he suffered and performed via in Sport 5.

Paul and Ayton’s futures with the Suns are additionally unsure.

Williams, a two-time NBA Coach of the 12 months, was fired regardless of a profitable four-year tenure with Phoenix, by which he posted a 194-115 report and profitable 63 % of his video games.

He has been the NBA’s winningest coach since 2021.


Head coach Monty Williams was fired by the Suns.
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That span was highlighted by a visit to the 2021 NBA Finals, by which the Suns blew a 2-0 lead and misplaced in six video games to the Milwaukee Bucks, who additionally fired their coach, Mike Budenholzer, this week after they misplaced because the No. 1 seed to the Miami Warmth within the first spherical of the playoffs.

Williams’ axing is a pointy reminder of the excessive expectations the Suns — who at the moment are owned by mortgage billionare Matt Ishbia, who bought the workforce from Robert Sarver final yr — face to win an NBA title with the core of Durant and Devin Booker.

This was the second season in a row the Suns suffered an unsightly season-ending loss within the second spherical. — final yr to Dallas, this yr to Denver.


Monty Williams, who was fired by the Suns, talks with Kevin Durant during Phoenix's series against the Nuggets.
Monty Williams, who was fired by the Suns, talks with Kevin Durant throughout Phoenix’s sequence in opposition to the Nuggets.
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“Neither day feels good,” Williams mentioned after the loss earlier this week to Denver, when requested to match final season’s debacle to this yr’s season-ending loss.

Williams additionally blamed himself for the workforce’s poor exhibiting of their Sport 6 loss to the Nuggets.

“I take that personally, not having our workforce able to play within the greatest recreation of the yr,” Williams mentioned. “That’s one thing that I delight myself on and it simply didn’t occur. … That’s one thing I’ve to take a deep have a look at, all the things I’m doing.”

After the Sport 6 loss, Durant mentioned it “sucked” that the Suns’ season was over.

“It was a nasty feeling,” Durant advised reporters at his postgame press convention.“It was embarrassing. They got here out and hit us within the mouth, and we couldn’t get well.

Durant additionally credited the Nuggets for being “a disciplined workforce,” which can not have helped Williams’ case with possession.

— with AP