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Pelicans hire Suns assistant Willie Green as new head coach

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 17:11:56-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach.

Green is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant the past five years — first with Golden State and then with Phoenix, which lost to Milwaukee in the NBA Finals this week.

He arrives in New Orleans at a time when pressure is rising to give young star Zion Williamson faith that he can find long-term satisfaction with the club that drafted him first overall two years ago.