The New Orleans Pelicans formally named Willie Inexperienced as their subsequent head coach Thursday.
Inexperienced is coming off a stint as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns, who simply made a run to the NBA Finals, which delayed the timing of the Pelicans’ announcement.
“After an in depth and collaborative search, Willie stood out amongst a formidable group of candidates as the most effective individual to guide our crew transferring ahead,” Pelicans governor Gayle Benson stated in a press release. “We’re very completely happy to welcome Willie as our new head coach and we look ahead to working with him to information our crew on the court docket as we work in the direction of bringing a championship to New Orleans.”
Pelicans government vice chairman of basketball operations David Griffin known as Inexperienced, a 12-year NBA veteran, one of many “most revered assistant coaches within the NBA.”
“He brings an enormous quantity of basketball data and expertise to our crew as each a coach and former participant, together with distinctive management qualities and an innate means to attach with gamers, employees and followers alike,” Griffin stated in a press release.
Inexperienced spent three seasons as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors earlier than becoming a member of Phoenix.
“I wish to thank Mrs. Benson, David Griffin, and the complete Pelicans group for having religion in me to guide this proficient group of gamers transferring ahead,” Inexperienced stated. “It is a blessing and an honor to get this chance in a particular place like New Orleans. I look ahead to attending to work and immersing myself and my household into the area people.”
As a participant, Inexperienced made the playoffs in seven of his 12 seasons, together with the lone 12 months in New Orleans (2010-11), certainly one of simply seven playoff journeys the crew has made in franchise historical past.
That season, Inexperienced made it on a crew coached by Monty Williams and led by level guard Chris Paul. Now the Pelicans are hiring Inexperienced away from a Suns crew led by Williams and Paul.
Inexperienced replaces Stan Van Gundy, who mutually agreed to go away the Pelicans after only one season. The Pelicans went 31-41 final season, a disappointing end result after the season began with playoff aspirations. Ultimately, New Orleans did not even make the Western Convention play-in.
At 39, Inexperienced turns into the third-youngest coach within the NBA behind Oklahoma Metropolis’s Mark Daigneault and Memphis’ Taylor Jenkins.