Perhaps it was just an unguarded moment. But for a coach who has consistently downplayed seemingly praise-worthy accomplishments by his basketball team the statement was startling.

"I want our guys to understand how good I think we can be."

In the aftermath of the New Orleans' Pelicans 93-89 victory Saturday night over the Washington Wizards in Lexington Ky. to move to 6-0 in the preseason coach Monty Williams was being asked about his visible post-game frustration.

"I want our guys to understand how good I think we can be."

Now if you know Williams or have been around him and his basketball team this sentence on the surface is quite unlike any he has uttered.

But in context what was bothering Williams Saturday night was the fact that his young team turned the ball over 25 times against the Wizards - a perpetuating preseason theme - and needed a block of a Bradley Beal shot in the final seconds by Anthony Davis to help preserve a victory.

Williams was lamenting the fact that Pelicans who are the youngest team in the NBA this season entering the year with a roster that averages 24.1 years of age don't yet seem to realize the potential they possess.

"I want our guys to understand how good I think we can be" Williams said. "It doesn't do any good if I'm the only one that thinks it. And it doesn't do any good if I'm the only one that knows it.