The Phoenix Suns try to win their first NBA title, however assistant coach Willie Inexperienced seems to have already come out on high this season.
Inexperienced is predicted to be the following head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans, changing Stan Van Gundy per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Van Gundy was fired after only one season with the group.
Inexperienced is in his second season with the Suns and was an assistant for the Golden State Warriors for 3 years together with their back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
Earlier than turning into a coach, the 39-year-old Inexperienced performed within the league from 2003-2015 and spent the 2010-2011 season in New Orleans.
Inexperienced takes over a younger squad that had a disappointing 2020-21 season ending 31-41 after many anticipated them to no less than make the playoffs.
Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball have all confirmed to be worthwhile skills, however the query is whether or not they can discover success in New Orleans and even wish to.
Ball, who turns into a restricted free agent in August, has been on the heart of commerce rumors with the Chicago Bulls, and extra just lately the New York Knicks and LA Clippers. whereas Williamson’s household has expressed their displeasure with the Pelicans.
New Orleans’ entrance workplace is hoping Inexperienced will succeed the place Van Gundy failed.
“I can relate to what the gamers are going by way of,” mentioned Inexperienced in a 2019 interview with The Athletic. I’ve additionally had some actually good coaches (as a participant), and realized from some actually good coaches (as an assistant). Simply attempting to place all that collectively is form of what I carry to the desk. I used to be of their footwear. It’s form of simple to narrate to whenever you’ve been there earlier than.”
A Larry O’Brien trophy may solely assist sway gamers to Inexperienced’s aspect as soon as he joins the group.
Phoenix and Milwaukee play Recreation 4 Wednesday on the Fiserv Discussion board.