(NEW ORLEANS) – The New Orleans Pelicans have named Willie Green as their next head coach, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin announced Thursday.
An introductory press conference will be held on Tuesday July 27
Green joins the Pelicans after spending the last two seasons as assistant to Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams.
“Willie has established himself as one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA. Much of this is due to a tireless work ethic and authenticity of character,” Griffin said in a statement. brings a great amount of basketball knowledge and experience to our team as a coach and former player, along with exceptional leadership qualities and an innate ability to connect with players, staff and fans. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Willie and his family to New Orleans.
The Suns reached the NBA Finals this season against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks won the NBA Championship 4-2.
“I want to thank Ms. Benson, David Griffin and the entire Pelicans organization for trusting me to lead this group of talented players forward,” Green said in a statement. “It is a blessing and an honor to have this opportunity in a special place like New Orleans. I can’t wait to get to work and immerse myself and my family in the local community.
While in Phoenix, Green led the Suns ‘defense to the sixth best defensive score last season and coached the Suns’ Summer League team in 2019.
Prior to joining the Sun, Green served as an assistant / player development coach for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons. He was part of the 2017 and 2018 NBA Championship teams and coached the 2018 Warriors Summer League team.
A 12-year NBA veteran, Green appeared in 731 regular season games with Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, the LA Clippers and Orlando from 2003-15 and made the playoffs seven times.
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