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The former CSKA player began to clean up the worst club in the NBA. An expensive coach was the target

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 02:17:50

The former CSKA player began to clean up the worst club in the NBA. An expensive coach was the target

Artemy Berstenev June 19, 2024, 18:30 Moscow time

5.6 million dollars per victory.

Before the NBA had time to calm down after the playoff finals, a wave of coaching layoffs began. Monty Williams of Detroit was the first to be hit. Williams, a two-time Coach of the Year, found himself out of a job despite having $65 million left on his contract. Can this event be considered unexpected and how does CSKA participate here? In the “Championship” material.

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After leaving Phoenix amid personal tragedy when his wife was diagnosed with cancer last year (she was recovering), Monty Williams was invited to Detroit. He initially intended to take a break from his career to support his family. But an offer from former Pistons general manager Troy Weaver, backed by a record six-year, $78.5 million contract, inspired him to take on the challenge of rebuilding a young team.

Despite Williams’ best efforts and experience, the Pistons had a disastrous season. The team set an anti-record for the longest losing streak. It may be ironic that in the 2023/2024 season Williams literally received $5.6 million for a victory. Does this call into question not only the effectiveness of the coach, but also the reasonableness of the contract? Whether this is the worst coaching contract in league history remains an open question.

It is curious that the champion Boston had more victories in the last playoffs (16) than Detroit in the entire season (14). Considering the less-than-stellar composition of the team, difficulties were expected, but winning less than 20 games with such a coach is unacceptable. There were no signs of progress. Williams often resorted to strange tactical decisions and used the reserve team a lot, which led to numerous defeats. These actions can only be justified by the need to incorporate young people.

Monty Williams (left) and Cade Cunningham (right), 2023/2024 season

Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The decision to fire Monty Williams was made at the ownership level, marking a new era for the Pistons that began with the appointment of Trajan Langdon as president of basketball operations. Langdon is a man with no-nonsense experience as a player and as a coach. In Russia, he is best known for his performances at CSKA Moscow, where he achieved significant successes, including Euroleague titles (2006, 2008) and the Final Four MVP title (2008).

After his playing career ended, Langdon moved into management, holding key positions in Brooklyn and New Orleans. Changing coaches and bringing in a new head of basketball operations is always a risk, but for Detroit it was a necessary move. The team needed new ideas. Time will tell if Langdon and the new, yet-to-be-defined coaching staff (at the time of writing his name was James Borrego) will be able to live up to the fans’ expectations and return the team to its former glory. The club had the opportunity to start from scratch.

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