It’s another edition of Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. I will give my intake about Monty Williams powerful speech at his wife’s funeral and about the NBA Trade scenario.
It is never easy to lose a loved one. It is never easy to see the day to come when someone you have known for a long time makes their journey to heaven. However, when you see a man like Monty Williams to speak in front of many guests after losing his wife in a tragic car accident, it is tremendously powerful and inspiring.
Ingrid died on Feb. 10 from injuries sustained the previous day when a car driven by 52-year-old Susannah Donaldson crossed over the median and hit Ingrid’s SUV. The accident report said Donaldson, who was traveling at 92 miles per hour in a 40-mile zone, swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit 44-year-old Ingrid’s car head-on. Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene and Ingrid died after being transported to a hospital. Three of the Williams’ five children were in the car at the time. All were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Monty Williams, assistant coach for Oklahoma City Thunder, delivered words that touched all of us around the world. “That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. It is very hard, and that was tough, but we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family,” Monty continued. “And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well.”
Wow! I have been to many funerals in my life, but this had to be one of the most touching and best speeches I ever heard. It is amazing how strong and brave Monty Williams is as a man and father. It teaches me to be more brave as a man whenever I face with an adversity or difficult moment in my life. When you lose someone in such a tragedy, you don’t often think the way Monty Williams thinks. You are in denial, shocked and frustrated. I absolutely admired the way Monty carried himself. I admired his courage and optimism. I believe that with time, him and his family will find peace.
Monty had been married to his wife for 20 years and they had 5 children.
The trade deadline is over. I admit that I’m disappointed that a “big” trade didn’t happen. Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin remained with their current teams. In my opinion, I thought Howard was going to be the one to get traded. He can’t seem to stay healthy and he is not quite the same player he was with the Orlando Magic. The Rockets are not looking good this season and seems to me that there’s problems between Harden and Howard. Rockets finished in second place in the Western Conference last season. It’s hard to believe that they are in the .500 mark this season. The biggest mistake the Rockets made was to let go of Kevin McHale. Ever since McHale was fired, the team looked more broken and lost.
Blake Griffin is having a good year putting up sensational numbers in points and rebounds. However, he has gotten into problems with the trainer that resulted him getting suspended for four games. He’s also have been battling with injuries. Clippers have been winning games without Griffin, but I’m not sure it would be the same in a seven game series. Doc Rivers lately said that they were not going to trade Griffin and that’s how it remained.
I’m just wondering how Griffin will respond down the stretch of the season or coming into playoff time. I will say this: things will not look good for the Clippers if they do not make it to the Western Conference Finals. With the addition of Jeff Green, it elevates their chances of going far in the playoffs, but clearly Chris Paul can’t do it all by himself.