John Reid of NOLA.com reported that with eight games left in the New Orleans Hornets season, head coach Monty Williams has absolutely no intention of throwing in the towel. He will close out the season implementing extensive film sessions and rigorous two-hour practices.
“It’s not like I’m trying to be a drill sergeant or something, but this is the NBA,” Williams said. “We don’t mess around here. You’re getting paid. We don’t bring in guys with that kind of mentality. You’ll see guys who might tend to float, but we fight that.”
With that, we can’t help but start to ask the question if there are certain fights that simply aren’t worth fighting. Why not give the reserves an opportunity to see the floor and settle into what could quite possibly be a number one draft selection for the second year in a row.
Why risk injuries? How much can a 26-48 team really grow over eight games?
Patrick Michael of Yahoo Sports! believes Williams “unique brand of tough love” will ultimately lead to player development later on. And that, if nothing else, it’s respectable to at least go out swinging.
With that, Pelican Debrief wants to know your thoughts.
Should Williams continue to play injury prone players such as Eric Gordon and franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis over the likes of Austin Rivers, Xavier Henry or Henry Sims.
Is taking losses now simply the means to a better end, or just the easy way out?