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Atlantic Notes: Jackson, Nets, Celtics, McConnell

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson could be a contender for the Nets‘ head coaching job, tweets Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. He notes that Jackson has expressed interest in the position in the past. The job opened earlier today with the firing of Lionel Hollins.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Nets GM Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov are to blame for years of moves that led to today’s overhaul, writes Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports. King behaved much the way he did as GM with the Sixers, trading draft picks for veterans and taking on large contracts like Joe Johnson‘s. It culminated with the 2013 deal that sent a package of picks to Boston for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. Whoever steps into King’s GM role will have to have to dig out the franchise of a hole that Dwyer says may be the largest in recent history.
  • The Celtics could be the biggest beneficiary of the Nets‘ chaos, according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. Boston owns Brooklyn’s unprotected first-rounder this summer and in 2018, along with the option to exchange first-round picks in 2017. The Nets currently have the league’s third-worst record at 10-27.
  • T.J. McConnell built on his family’s basketball success by landing a spot with the Sixers, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Undrafted out of Arizona, McConnell made enough of an impression in Philadelphia to have his $525K salary guaranteed for the rest of the season. “You look at my son as an outsider,” said Tim McConnell, T.J.’s father. “You don’t know his drive. You don’t know his tenacity, his grit. When you just look at him, you look at him and say, this kid is not an NBA player, an NBA guy. But the reason why he’s able to do some of the things that he does is because he challenges himself day after day to be the best at whatever he’s doing.”

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