Monty Williams returns to the sidelines for Team USA Basketball

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Earlier this year, former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams lost his wife in a car crash.

The entire NBA family offered kind words and support in the wake of that tragedy. His former players like Kevin Durant spoke out about their assistant coach’s character and his strength in the face of cruel circumstances.

Williams recently sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm for an interview about his involvement with the USA Men’s National Basketball Team. The topic turned to how he is coping with this personal loss.

He offered these details: “Yeah, I still text her. Yeah. It’s not like I know she’s going to answer – I know she’s not going to answer – but it’s just part of what I do.”

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Getting back to basketball must be a relief for the basketball-lifer. Even though it has been a few months since the accident, it will take a long time to heal these wounds, if they ever do.

The Team USA assistant is ever the optimist though. He is making an effort to make life as normal as possible for his five children. Life keeps moving on.

Near the end of the interview he added: “The reality is we live in a world that’s filled with stuff, and quitting is not an option. It’s just life. You have to be able to get up, face your flaws, and just, whatever it is – a step, an inch – you’ve just got to keep moving forward.”

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The ability to keep your head up and move forward in the face of such a dramatic life change is truly inspiring. Even more astounding is the fact that he would sit down and share his experiences with the world.

The coach is happy to be getting back to basketball but, he has never lost sight of what truly matters.

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