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Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal gave major credit to New Orleans Pelicans head man Willie Green for being a coach that the players love following the team’s 113-111 shorthanded home win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

(via NBA on TNT):

“I’m looking at Willie Green. I don’t know him, but I played against him. I can tell that the players love playing for him. When you have a coach who lets you go out and play, you will compete all the time. Our two stars ain’t there, these guys are audiencing. You get more shots. You get more freedom. When guys make a mistake and they pan back to the coach, he’s not yelling. He’s not making faces. So when you have a coach like Willie Green that lets you play, the guys are always gonna play hard.”