NEW ORLEANS — The morning after being fined $25,000 by the NBA for comments concerning the league’s policy regarding concussions, Hornets coach Monty Williams sounded remorseful Wednesday.
“I work in a business where you can’t just say anything you want to say,” Williams said after the Hornets’ shoot-around in preparation for Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Arena. “And what I said was inappropriate, and you have to deal with the consequences.”
Before the Hornets’ game against the Bulls on Saturday in Chicago, Williams was asked about his team playing without rookie power forward Anthony Davis, who had left Friday night’s home game against Utah midway of the second quarter with what was diagnosed as a mild concussion.
Williams explained that Davis wouldn’t play in his only game this season in Chicago, his hometown.
“He got touched up a little bit (Friday) night, and I’m sure that happens a lot in basketball,” Williams said. “It’s now you treat everybody like they’ve got on white gloves and pink drawers. It’s getting old, but that’s just the way the league is.”
He suggested that in his dealings with the media, the comments could have been the result of his getting out of character a bit.
Asked if he made the comments out of frustration that Davis would be unavailable for games, which comes on the heels of guard Eric Gordon being out indefinitely, Williams said, “I’m not going to get into the reasons; they really don’t matter.
“The bottom line is I have to get back to who I am,” he said. “I try to be engaging and do all this stuff. That’s just not me.”
Williams seemed bothered in particular about what his five children thought about the comments and the fine.
“My wife and I tried to turn it into a positive for my kids, but it was unfortunate that it happened,” he said. “And you just move forward.”
Williams didn’t receive news of the fine until Tuesday.
“Anybody who gets fined $25,000, I don’t care if it comes when you think it’s going to come, it’s still a surprise,” he said. “It is what it is.
“I have to be more aware of this platform I have, and I have to be respectful to the league and its policies.”
For the second consecutive game, Davis was unavailable because of ongoing procedures concerning the concussion, Williams said. Ryan Anderson again started in place of Davis. ... Rookie guard Austin Rivers also missed Wednesday night’s game with a sprained left index finger. He injured it Tuesday during practice. Rookie Darius Miller started in place of Rivers, who had been replacing Gordon in the starting lineup.