Phoenix coach Monty Williams told reporters over the weekend that he kept calm during the NBA playoffs by reading, playing with his dogs and discussing the Bible with his family.
Williams, who guided the Suns to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993, has been candid about his Christian faith in media interviews. Phoenix trails Milwaukee 3-2 entering Tuesday’s Game 6 in the best-of-seven series.
He made the remarks during a press conference when a reporter asked him what he had done “personally” to stay calm in such a tense environment.
Williams says he spends time at home with his family when not coaching.
“I’m going out with my dogs,” he said. “…I read more now than I did in college. I can’t believe I’m admitting it. I didn’t know what a program was until I got to college. . But I just like to goof around with my family.”
Williams then discussed her faith.
“We have devos — devotions — the night we walk, read a Bible verse, and talk about the Lord and his impact on our lives and what he has done for us,” Williams said. “And it’s been really cool talking to my kids about the stresses and the fears, and everything that I’ve been through for the last two months. Because they look at me as tall as I am, you know, from a way, and I think it’s cool, especially with my boys, to teach them that it’s okay to be scared, but don’t let those fears stop you. weeks have been really, really cool, so that’s probably the most enjoyable thing I do that allows me to get away from that a bit.”
“At night we read a verse from the Bible and talk about the Lord.”
Even amid practice in the playoffs and now the Finals, Suns coach Monty Williams is keeping the essentials with his kids.
—Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) July 18, 2021
Williams is in his third season with the Suns, who have never won an NBA title.
He discussed his faith during an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt after the Suns landed an NBA Finals appearance.
“I’ve been vocal since the time I got the job at Phoenix, and for every new player that comes into our program, the essence of my training is serving,” Williams said, per Sports Spectrum. “As a believer in Christ, that’s what I’m here for. And I tell them all the time, if I come after you, I’m not calling you, I’m calling you.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and current affairs for 20 years. His stories have appeared in the Baptist Press, Christianity today, The Christian Post, the Sheet-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.