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Social media voices support for Nikki Blue after Mercury's reported head coach hire

Phoenix Mercury head coach Nikki Blue high-fives center Brittney Griner (42) before tip-off against the Connecticut Sun at Footprint Center in Phoenix on July 18, 2023.
Phoenix Mercury head coach Nikki Blue high-fives center Brittney Griner (42) before tip-off against the Connecticut Sun at Footprint Center in Phoenix on July 18, 2023.

The Phoenix Mercury are close to finalizing a deal with Orlando Magic assistant Nate Tibbetts to become the team's new head coach and several people have instead voiced support for Nikki Blue.

Blue, who served as the interim coach since June, worked with an injured roster. Many wanted to see more from Blue with a healthy roster and longer sample size.

Here is what others are saying.

Others have seen this as another sign of owner Mat Ishbia's commitment to the Mercury.

The deal will reportedly make Tibbetts, who has also been an assistant in the NBA with Portland and Cleveland, the highest paid coach in WNBA history. The Aces' Becky Hammon is currently the league's highest-paid coach with a salary of more than $1 million per season.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Mercury fans voice support for Nikki Blue after reported head coach hire