On Sunday night, Tyreke Evans, completely healthy, sat on the bench for the entire game.
The reason? ‘Internal issues’, according to head coach Monty Williams.
Those ‘internal issues’ apparently stem from Evans expressing frustration about his lack of a role, something the former Memphis Tiger expressed to Sheridan Hoops.
Now as we approach the All-Star break, Evans appeared frustrating with his injuries, “fluctuating” playing time and his communication with Williams.“He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans said of his head coach before the game. But when asked whether he and Williams ever discussed his best role on the team openly, Evans said it’s never been brought up. “No, we never talked about that,” Evans told Sheridan Hoops.
Evans also suggested that his coach needs to open up the lines of communication better, something that clearly didn’t sit well with Williams who sat Evans for the entirety of New Orleans’ loss against the Brooklyn Nets.
It’s a familiar situation for Evans, who struggled for a true ‘role’ with the Sacramento Kings before being traded to the Pelicans this past offseason.