It’s not a secret that Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant wears his emotions on his sleeve. He displayed more of that unflinching humanity as he spoke about the death of his associate head coach Monty Williams‘ wife, who died tragically this week after a traffic accident.
During the morning shootaround ahead of Thursday’s (Feb. 12) contest with the New Orleans Pelicans, where Williams was the head coach for five seasons, the mood at the Thunder practice facility was expectedly somber. Durant was so overcome with emotion that his interview with the press team only lasted 30 seconds but not before expressing his love and sorry for his coach.
Similar comments were made by head coach Billy Donovan and OKC player Anthony Morrow, who all promised to rally around Williams in his time of need. Pelicans player Ryan Anderson was especially close to the Williams family, who Anderson credits for helping him get past the suicide of his girlfriend.
The Thunder responded in epic fashion on the court in a nationally-televised game and the last before the NBA All-Star break this weekend. The Thunder topped the Pelicans 121-95 with both Russell Westbrook and Durant scoring 23 points.
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