Nets center Brook Lopez has now had eight different coaches and will likely be playing for a ninth by the start of next season. Assistant Tony Brown has been named the interim coach for Brooklyn after Lionel Hollins was fired earlier today. The organization seems to be in shambles, but one good thing, at least, is that there is no shortage of potential candidates with prior head coaching experience.
Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson highlight a list of available candidates. It’s also worth noting that CEO Brett Yormark is reportedly enamored with John Calipari. Hiring any one of those four would make for a splashy headline, but is what any of them presents what will fix the Nets? Maybe. Hollins, however, inherited a mess and the real issue with Brooklyn is that they are paying for short-sighted transactions from recent years, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post opines. While I agree with Bontemps’ assessment that Hollins was dealt a bad hand, the Nets are 10-27 and part of that falls on the coach.
That leads us to today’s shootaround topic: Who should be the next head coach of the Nets?
If it was my call, I’d make a run at Luke Walton, who has done an admirable job filling in for Steve Kerr with the Warriors. Obviously, coaching Golden State does not present the kind of challenges coaching the Nets would, but I believe Walton has earned his shot. Hiring someone like Jackson would represent everything that has gone wrong for the Nets to this point, in my opinion, because he is a big-name, old-school basketball mind.
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