Nothing will ever replace what Monty Williams and his family so suddenly lost. During this unimaginably difficult time, though, the basketball lifer will have a league full of shoulders to lean on.
Williams’ wife, Ingrid, passed away tragically on Wednesday evening due to injuries sustained in a car accident. The 44-year-old is survived by her husband and and five children.
In a statement, New Orleans Pelicans owners said Mrs. Williams will be remembered “as one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known.” And after the outpouring of support toward the Williams family in wake of this heartbreaking news, it’s safe to say the NBA family feels the same way.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, for whom Williams serves as an assistant coach, announced the news last night.
Williams’ coaching career has taken him to various stops throughout the league. He began his career as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, and most recently served as a head coach with the Pelicans last season. Alvin Gentry and Gregg Popovich, obviously, are among a plethora of those in the coaching community with extremely heavy hearts.
The nine-year playing veteran has a well-earned reputation for forging meaningful, lasting relationships with his players. Most famously, Williams, Ingrid, and their children welcomed a reeling Ryan Anderson to their home following his girlfriend’s suicide.
On Wednesday night, players young and old across the league – with a direct connection to Williams or otherwise – shared messages of sadness and shock at Ingrid’s passing.
Our thoughts are with Williams, his family, and all those affected by the loss of Ingrid – a universally beloved wife, mother, mentor, and friend.