I've been frustrated with Monty for a long time, and I am happy to see the Suns move on. That said, he is a great guy, and he was exactly what the Suns needed when they hired him. He did a great job taking a crappy team and helping turn them into a very good team. I am thankful to Monty and wish him nothing but success in the future.
Monty is a good regular season coach when he can rely on simple but well executed plays, like we saw over and over with those high pick settings. Otherwise he seems slow and stubborn when facing complications like in playoffs. The series we won were mainly due to talent and experience overmatch.
Let this be a reminder that winning NBA Coach of the Year is a curse of sorts. No one makes it more than 2-3 years after winning. Monty, Thibs, Nick Nurse, Bud, and Dwayne Casey all recent recipients and only Thibs is still employed by the same franchise. Mike Brown needs to watch out.