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Aussie Basketball Team Announces 'Scott Morrison' As Its New Coach

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Aussie Basketball Team Announces 'Scott Morrison' As Its New Coach

The Perth Wildcats have unveiled Scott Morrison as their new head coach.

But it seems this particular announcement has caught the attention of basketball fans Down Under.

I wonder why...

No, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately it won't be Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison standing courtside and barking orders when the Wildcats begin their new NBL campaign.

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Instead, it'll be some bloke who has exactly the same name as our country's leader - and this "some bloke" happens to be one of the best in the business.

Canadian basketball coach Scott Morrison, who was a respected assistant under Brad Stevens at the Boston Celtics, will now take the reins in Perth.

And when it came to announcing his arrival, the Wildcats simply couldn't help themselves.

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In a post online, the team stated: "Scott Morrison (no, not that one ...) has been appointed head coach of the Perth Wildcats for the next three seasons."

Unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before other social media users started joining in with poking fun at ScoMo.

One person replied: "Welcome Scott! This is one Scott all of WA can wholeheartedly get behind!

While another added: "Very good hire! He will have the cats playing 'lockdown' defence for sure!"

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As one said: "Unfortunate name but that's a pretty impressive resume."

Scott Morrison with Gordon Hayward at the Boston Celtics. Credit: PA
Scott Morrison with Gordon Hayward at the Boston Celtics. Credit: PA

The Canadian certainly faces a tough task in Perth, with the Wildcats fresh off the back of getting swept in the 2021 NBL Grand Final by Melbourne United.

Morrison now replaces five-time championship-winning coach Trevor Gleeson, a figure who is adored in Western Australian.

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But Morrison admits that swapping Maine Red Claws to take up a coaching job in the NBL was the right decision.

"Outside of the NBA, the Perth Wildcats head coach position was one of the best available in the world," Morrison said.

"There's an expectation for this organisation to do well, and to live up to the past, but that's not something I'm afraid of.

"I've always been the kind of person and competitor that embraces the pressure. It just makes achieving your goals that much sweeter.

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"I know that the Wildcats 10 championships is a record for the league, which makes it easy for us to determine what the next goal is; and that's number 11."

Featured Image Credit: PA / Perth Wildcats

Topics: Coach, Basketball, Australia

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