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Willie Green Receives Praise After Becoming Pelicans Head Coach

Pierre St-Jean
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NEW ORLEANS, LA- Willie Green has gained an entirely new fan base of supporters after being appointed as the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans of NBA.

Previously, it was clear that Green gained an advantage of his hiring, since around 540-plus quote tweets stemmed from the official announcement Thursday by the @PelicansNBA account. Numerous comments to him appeared mostly came from players of various backgrounds.

"This right here is everything!" Wrote Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, whom Green coached for three seasons.

"Great hire! Going to have great success in NOLA!" Tweeted former New Orleans Hornets forward and one-time teammate of Green Quincy Pondexter.

"Great hire," echoed retired NBA center Matt Geiger, Green's former teammate in Philadelphia 76ers

"BRIGHT future," wrote Shaun Livingston, a key bench player during the Golden State Warriors title run last decade.

Green was not officially hired until the conclusion of the 2020-21 NBA Finals between Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Nonetheless, there were reports that Green will take over the Pelicans for weeks before the finals.

As a result, coaches and players responded to Green's decision to become a first-time NBA head coach. The

Phoenix Suns, Green's previous employers, were complimenting his decision.

"I know he deserves it. He'll be the most humble, prepared coach you've ever seen in your life… I'm unbelievably happy for the opportunity that he may get," Suns guard and former teammate Chris Paul said.

Green's former teammate and head coach in New Orleans during the 2010-11 season, Monty Williams, spoke on his excitement for Green's promotion to the head-coaching ranks, he said that it's important to celebrate when a friend gets promoted.

"Any time you have guys on your staff or guys on your team get promoted, it's important to celebrate that stuff," Williams said about Green's appointment during the 2021 NBA Final.

"Willie is one of my best friends. I've coached him. I've played with him. He was a rookie, I was his vet (with Philadelphia in 2003-04). If all of this is official and he moves forward, I'm happy and I'm unbelievably sad about it because he's just a huge part of my life. He's been a big, big part of our program," added the former Pelicans head coach.

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