Who is coaching the Detroit Pistons?

Jan 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams reacts in the first
Jan 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams reacts in the first / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons lost their 7th game in a row last night, pushing their record to a humiliating 3-36, worst in the NBA and on pace to be the worst in league history.

It was a predictable loss with both Cade Cunningham and Bojan Bogdanovic on the bench, though the Pistons did get Isaiah Stewart back, which led to this incredible highlight:

The Detroit Pistons continue to look like a team that just met before the game, with the chemistry and execution of a pickup squad at the YMCA.

It's not surprising considering coach Monty Williams consistently reacts as if this is the first time he's seen his team play. He made baffling comments after the game that make you wonder who, if anyone, is actually coaching this team.

Monty Williams was not prepared to coach the Detroit Pistons

The Pistons hired Williams after he initially turned them down. Tom Gores just kept adding zeros to his offer until Williams saw too much money to say no, which is exactly the type of motivated employee you want to lead your franchise, a guy who openly didn't want to be here.

Williams has been glacier-slow to make adjustments, has had embarrassing revelations like "spacing around Cade Cunningham is good!" and took the entire beginning of the season to figure out that his second-best player (Jaden Ivey) should play.

Last night Williams discovered that Ivey might work on the ball, and admitted that he might have screwed up not playing him there more:

We are nearly 40 games into the season and it's like Williams is just being introduced to his team for the first time. Any fan could have told you this, as we watched Ivey play on the ball for much of last season. Ivey averaged 5.2 assists per game and was the lead ball handler much of the time last season with a usage rate of over 25 percent.

I normally would never ask this of a coach of Williams' tenure and stature, but did he even watch film before he took the job? In between the time he signed that contract and the first game of the season, did he see this team play at all or get to know his personnel?

It's good when a coach takes blame for something, as it takes the focus off the players, but these types of admissions don't inspire confidence and instead bring up questions, namely, who is coaching this team?

Why does it take an organizational intervention for a Coach of the Year winner to see what is obvious to a casual fan?

Like most fans, I was excited about the Monty Williams hire and thought he could be the coach to take this team to the next level, but now I am wondering if he's even paying attention.

I'm also wondering if Williams is truly prepared and committed to coaching this team, as it feels like he is just making it up on the fly. The Pistons made Williams the highest-paid coach in the league at the time of his hire and should expect more than a guy who needs the organization to sit him down to tell him about one of his best players.

Going after coaches has never been my thing, so I'm not trying to pile on Monty Williams here, but I do wonder if he regrets taking this job and whether he's even going to make it through the season, much less the entire 7-year contract.