Ingrid Williams, Wife of NBA Coach Monty Williams, Dies in Car Crash at Age 44
On Wednesday the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Ingrid Williams, wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, had died at the age of 44.
Ingrid Williams was driving in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night when another vehicle crossed the center line and hit her car head-on. The driver of the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. However, Williams was taken to a hospital where she passed away on Wednesday evening.
“The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing,” the team said in their official statement. “Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.”
By all accounts, Monty and Ingrid Williams were loved and respected everywhere they went in the NBA. Prior to joining the Thunder, Williams spent five seasons as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, who issued a statement calling Ingrid Williams “one of the most generous, kind and humble individuals we’ve ever known.” The team also held a moment of silence prior to Wednesday night’s game against Utah.
Meanwhile, Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis took to Twitter to express his heartfelt condolences:
Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) February 11, 2016
In San Antonio, where Williams spent three years as a player and got his start as a coach, an emotional Gregg Popovich almost elected not to coach Wednesday night’s game against Orlando. After the game he emerged from his team’s locker room to address the media with tears in his eyes and a tissue in his hands, but he declined to address the situation.
“I’d rather talk about basketball,” Popovich said. “The personal stuff’s none of your business.”
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was also close with the Williams family.
“Monty Williams and his wife, Ingrid, I’ve known them since I was married,” Rivers said after the Clippers’ game against the Celtics. “So I don’t know if—there’s no words. There really isn’t. I am heartbroken. I’m sick to death. Once again it puts this stuff we do in perspective. This is awful. Obviously our love and support and all that, but sometimes that doesn’t seem fair. There’s no better human being in the world than Monty and Ingrid, and for this to happen, sometimes you question everything, and this is one of those times for me at least.”
Ingrid and Monty Williams have five children ranging from 5 to 17. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]