Photos: Pelicans downed by Warriors _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams leave the court after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs 4-0 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 25, 2015.


New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis says he's still "heartbroken" after former coach Monty Williams' wife Ingrid died in a car crash last week in Oklahoma.

"You can’t choose family," Davis wrote in the letter published on The Cycle. "Those are the people that God puts around you, to help you and to guide you. That’s why family means everything to me; family can’t be replaced. And so I’m heartbroken right now because Monty and Ingrid Williams are like a second family to me."

Williams, who was Davis' coach in New Orleans up until last season, delivered an address at his wife's funeral that has since been viewed millions of times on various websites.

Ingrid Williams was killed last Wednesday in an automobile accident. An Oklahoma City television station recently reported that the driver who crashed into Williams was traveling 92 miles per hour before impact. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 40 miles per hour, KOCO reported.

"I keep thinking about how, before every home game, as soon as Monty came out on the floor, he would look up in the stands to where Ingrid and the kids were sitting and finding them there, he’d smile and wave to them," Davis wrote. "Before every single game. My prayers and my heart are with the Williams family. Because they are like my second family."

Click here to read Davis' full letter.