It’s been well documented here on Swarm and Sting the events of Michael Malone. His services are highly valued around the league so it wasn’t surprising to see him walk to the Golden State Warriors to help out Mark Jackson. That left the New Orleans Hornets with a bit of a problem as to who to fill the shoes of Malone. Head Coach Monty Williams said he had a good idea of who would fill said role, and he did so by promoting in-house with Randy Ayers.
In terms of coaching experience Randy Ayers has had plenty of it. He was the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the year 2003, before being let go. Then he went on to become an assistant coach in Orlando, then Washington, then back to Philadelphia again. None of those teams are great offensively, so you can bet your bottom dollar that he’s defense through and through.
Ayers is a well respected coach throughout the league so it’s no surprise he was promoted without the slightest thought against it.
Now the focus will shift as to who will be added to the staff. I’m not putting much thought into it, whoever is chosen will be a coach that fits the Monty Williams mould that buys into what they’re trying to do.
Moving on from this and focusing on more important things (the CBA, resigning David West and Carl Landry, getting more talent on the roster) are issues we will focus here on Swarm and Sting.