Monty Williams in South Africa for NBA Trip
After visiting South Africa in 2011, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams was curious to see how much progress the nation has made two years later. Williams is getting a first-hand look this week in the capital city of Johannesburg, as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders contingent. The group also features seven active NBA players and NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.
“Having come here (before), I’ve seen this nation grow and see young people who look better and better every time you come,” Williams said of his first-day reaction to visiting this time. “Johannesburg is starting to look like a thriving metropolis. They have a ways to go, but they’ll tell you that they’ve come a long way.”
Williams’ 2011 visit featured a trip to the city’s Apartheid Museum, which details the racial discrimination and state-sanctioned segregation in the nation during the 20th century. The museum made a long-lasting impression on Williams.