Philadelphia 76ers mentor Doc Rivers mentioned he and Monty Williams “chat basically when a week at least.”

The two had something quite exclusive to discuss Thursday night after the Phoenix Suns eliminated the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers to give Williams his 1st occupation playoff sequence victory in 7 seasons as a head coach.

“I am just content for Monty,” explained Rivers, who was teammates with Williams in New York and coached him in Orlando. “Pay attention, the Suns have verified all yr they’re excellent, they’re talented and they’re perfectly coached. Very happy of Monty.” 

Rivers was not the only mentor and coaching impact proud of Williams.

“I feel he is done a excellent task with this workforce,” said Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan who experienced Williams as an assistant in Portland. “To have the turnaround that Phoenix has experienced this time, I voted for him to be Coach of the 12 months. I assume he deserves it.”

May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Suns' head coach Monty Williams yells to the officials during the fourth quarter of game 1 at Phoenix Rising Stadium. Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic

The Suns gained just 19 video games in obtaining their second-worst period in franchise historical past before Williams was employed in Could 2018.

Two yrs later on, Williams has the Suns advancing in the playoffs as title contenders.

“His staff has performed truly good basketball all season prolonged and to defeat the defending champions and go on to the second spherical, it just exhibits what he has finished with that team,” McMillan added.