“A Great Man…a Blessing”: 51YO NBA Veteran’s $100,000,000 News Leaves Lakers Legend Magic Johnson on Cloud Nine

Published 06/02/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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The Phoenix Suns were one of the teams that became a fan favorite to win it all in the latter half of the season. After the Brooklyn Nets traded Kevin Durant to the Suns, it seemed as if Phoenix finally got the final piece of the puzzles. Unfortunately, the Suns were knocked out of the playoffs in the Conference Semis, leading to the franchise parting ways with a vital member of the team. As he embarks on a new journey, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson made sure to give him a shout-out.

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The elimination of the Phoenix Suns at the hands of the eventual Western Conference champions Denver Nuggets has not had any repercussions for the players yet. Sadly, the same could not be said for their head coach, Monty Williams.

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Monty Williams had to face the consequences of the failure that the Phoenix Suns endured during the playoffs. After coaching the team for the past four years, Williams was relieved of his services. But as one door closes, another one opens.

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The Detroit Pistons signed Monty Williams to a six-year $78.5 million contract, making it the biggest contract offered to a head coach in NBA history.

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According to Vicent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, Williams’ contract could reach the $100 million mark with incentives. After this news went viral, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson went on to give his two cents on Williams joining Detroit on social media.

Johnson congratulated Williams on his new position with the Pistons. He even went on to add, I want everyone in Michigan to know, not only are you getting an excellent coach, you are getting a great man that will be a blessing on the court AND in the Detroit community.”

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Monty Williams embarks on a new journey

Magic Johnson could not have been happier seeing Williams get the recognition he deserves. The 51-year-old was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns for the past four years and turned the team into a top-tier contender.

He led the Suns to a Finals appearance after a long 28-year wait. Williams was also named the Head Coach of the Year in the 2021-22 NBA season after he led the Suns to their franchise best regular season record. It was definitely a disappointing sight for Phoenix fans to see Williams being replaced after what he did for the Suns.

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But now, the former NBA player turned coach will have the opportunity to turn around the fate of a young Pistons team. Do you think Williams will have the same level of success in Detroit as he did in Phoenix?Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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