Frustrated Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison has tagged Australia’s Prime Minister in a Tweet as he desperately attempts to gain clearance for himself and his family to enter the country before the start of the NBL pre-season.
Morrison was hoping to be on a plane this week but is still at home in Canada.
He has spent almost two months completing the necessary paperwork to gain his visa after signing a three-year contract to coach the club in August. That included the government’s requirement of a police check dating back 10 years both in his native Canada and in America, where he’d been working as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
The 43-year-old has also applied for his wife Suzanne, two-year-old son Max and seven-week old daughter Shaylen to join him in Perth.
Morrison has been working remotely from his home on Prince Edward Island, conducting coaching sessions with the players via Zoom and then handing over the in-person jobs to Associate Head Coach Mike Kelly in Perth.
But with NBL pre-season games starting in Tasmania on November 14, the clock is ticking on him getting him into Australia and through his quarantine to prepare on-court with the players.
His frustration was evident overnight when he took to Twitter and referenced Finding Nemo character Crush The Turtle as his best route to Perth. In a bold move, he then tagged Prime Minister, and namesake, Scott Morrison.
Perth haven’t experienced the same delays with other international applications.
American import Vic Law has been in Australia since mid-September and Michael Frazier II arrived from the US this week, just days after signing his contract. But they signed shorter deals and didn’t need to bring family.
Last week, Morrison explained his challenges in an exclusive interview with The West Australian.
“If it was just me, I could probably get in sooner and if it was a shorter contract, I could get in sooner. But because I’m going to be in Australia for a while, there are a few more hoops to jump through,” he said.
Wildcats General Manager of Basketball Operations Danny Mills will fly to Australia from America in November. But unlike Morrison, Mills is an Australian citizen.
Sydney Kings coach Chase Buford has been working with his players for more than six weeks after travelling from overseas to take up the position.
The Wildcats have declined to comment.