New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis reached out to his former head coach Monty Williams in a heartfelt post on The Cycle on Monday.
Davis addressed the death of Williams' wife, Ingrid, who died at age 44 due to injuries suffered in a car accident on February 9. Davis emphasized how much the Williams family means to him and the type of impact his coach has had on him:
The type of person he is, he cared about me and every member of our team more as human beings than as basketball players. And Ingrid was the same way. They opened their hearts to me. They really became like another set of parents. Anything I needed, if I needed to talk, whatever, they were there. I can’t tell you what that meant to me.
I keep thinking about how, before every home game, as soon as Monty came out on the floor, he would look up in the stands to where Ingrid and the kids were sitting and finding them there, he’d smile and wave to them. Before every single game. My prayers and my heart are with the Williams family. Because they are like my second family.
The 22-year-old also noted how he struggled being far from his home base of Chicago in New Orleans when he made his initial transition from a one-and-done at Kentucky to the NBA. Davis intimated how Williams made him feel comfortable during the ordeal.
Despite guiding the Pelicans to the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference last year, Williams was fired after five seasons at the helm.
New Orleans has struggled under coach Alvin Gentry in 2015-16, but Davis did just post a 59-point, 20-rebound performance in Sunday's 111-106 win over the Detroit Pistons. No mention of the epic night came from Davis' Twitter feed when he sent out a link to his post from Monday.
Williams now serves as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He delivered a powerful speech at his wife's funeral and said he has "no ill will toward" the family of the other driver, Susannah Donaldson, who was also killed in the car accident.