Top Brooklyn Nets coaching candidates

With PJ Carlesimo out, the Nets now turn to finding a new permanent head coach. Here are some of our suggestions, thanks to The Brooklyn Game team.

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Stan Van Gundy


According to Magic Insider Brian Schmitz, Van Gundy has no interest in the Brooklyn job. But we’ve heard that story before.

Stan Van has particular experience guiding a wayward star towards greatness. Under Stan’s watch, Dwight morphed from a mere athletic marvel into the second best player in the league. Granted, the very same attitude that caused Dwight’s ascendance — forcing him out of his unskilled, defense-only comfort zone — is probably the very same attitude that pushed Dwight to run back and make sure Stan Van was still playing the violin while the ship sank. The same may very well happen with Deron and Stan (see: Deron and Jerry Sloan), but not hiring him because of what might happen at the end of his tenure recalls a terrific (aren’t they all) Mitch Hedberg joke: “I drink red wine. This girl said, ‘Doesn’t red wine give you a headache?’ Yeah, eventually. But the first and the middle parts are amazing.”

Also, from a much more petty point of view, wouldn’t it be a joy to watch Dwight Howard struggle against schemes specifically designed as payback for that year of horribleness?
-Andrew Gnerre
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  1. Solid list, but I wish there were more current assistant coaches on the list. I’d love for the Nets to give Mike Budenholzer of the Spurs a shot, he’s been Pop’s guy for a while now, he’s definitely soaked up a few gems

  2. Nice list. Flip Saunders had a couple of good runs in Minny and Detroit. I still wouldn’t rule out Larry Brown. That’ll be a good way to piss off the Knicks. Espn said they’ve already reached out to Phil Jackson.

  3. After taking a nap and digesting this, I’m thinking this smells like a panic move that may scare off other candidates, like Jackson or SVG. In all fairness this was a new team and Avery had a training camp. Could any new coach turn it around quickly? Not so sure. If Lopez doesn’t get hurt, does Avery keep his job? Did he lose the locker room?
    I hope it works out!
    I really don’t want to believe thatTyshawn Taylor took a swipe at Avery on twitter. That’s bush league!

  4. Jeff Van Gundy would be nice. No idea if that is at all realistic though. The guys that have good TV gigs are already getting paid nicely and they don’t have very much stress. Certainly not compared to the expectations of this team.

  5. Don’t Forget About Rockets Assistant Kelvin Samson & Thunder Assistant Maurice Cheeks They Both Should Be Considered.