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Thunder assistant Monty Williams to miss remainder of season

Monty Williams, Kevin Durant

New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams, left, talks to Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. The Thunder won 110-95. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team this season as he continues to help his family heal following the death of his wife, Ingrid.

The Thunder made the announcement Friday.

On Feb. 9, an oncoming car crossed the center line and hit Ingrid Williams’ SUV near downtown Oklahoma City. Ingrid Williams died the next day, and Monty Williams has not coached since. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement that the most important things are for Williams to be with his family and for the Thunder to support him.

Williams is in his first season as an assistant for Billy Donovan. He was head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans last season, when he led the franchise to the playoffs.

Williams is also an assistant coach with USA Basketball, which has said he can take all the time he needs in deciding if he wants to join the team for the Rio Olympics.

(NBC’s Kurt Helin added to this story.)