Scott Morrison to coach Perth Wildcats

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The new coach of the Perth Wildcats hopes he can be the most popular Scott Morrison in Australia for years to come after signing on for the next three NBL seasons.

Morrison - a Canadian with the same name as the Australian Prime Minister - served as an assistant under Brad Stevens at the Boston Celtics for the past four NBA campaigns.

Prior to that he was the head coach of the NBA G-League's Maine Red Claws where he was named coach of the year in 2015.

Morrison replaces five-time Championship-winning coach Trevor Gleeson, who quit the Wildcats last month to take up an assistant's role at the Toronto Raptors.

Having the same name as the Australian Prime Minister has already led to Morrison receiving some interesting posts on Twitter - long before he was even in the running for the Wildcats role.

"Over the years it's been funny to get a lot of people hitting me up on Twitter, cursing at me, complaining at me," he said.

"If the shoe was on the other foot and my favourite Canadian team hired Justin Trudeau to coach the team I think I'd get a great kick out of that, so I don't blame anybody for laughing.

"I haven't checked the polls but I'm sure I'm trending pretty good right now because we haven't lost any games yet.

"I hope that my spot atop the Scott Morrison polls is the same at the end of the season as it is right now.

"If the other Scott Morrison can help me cut down my quarantine, I'm happy to step down and give him my role."

Morrison becomes the 14th head coach of the Wildcats in their 40-year history.

Perth have qualified for a world record 35 consecutive finals series and the pressure will be on Morrison to continue that trend.

"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.

"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."

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