A brief roundup of everything about the current Brooklyn Nets coach search, including the news that one major candidate met with the Nets -- today.... MORE →
Jeff Van Gundy has spent the past five seasons as a broadcaster since leaving his position as Houston Rockets coach in 2007, but rumors and speculation that Van Gundy is interested in a return to the sidelines have ramped up.
That return won't be with the Los Angeles Clippers, though. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that after discussing his options with the Clippers, Van Gundy has not materialized as a serious candidate. From the report:... MORE →
The Brooklyn Nets coaching search has been a bit of a carousel, to say the least. First they were interested in Phil Jackson. He declined. Then Jeff Van Gundy. He won't comment on the alleged "preliminary contact." Then Lionel Hollins was reportedly the frontrunner. Now they've cooled on him.
Fred Kerber of the NY Post takes a look at Brooklyn's coaching search:
If there is an overwhelming front-runner right now, the Nets are guarding it closely, so figure there is a surprise candidate out in left field. General manager Billy King, the guy at the forefront of the hunt, isn’t talking publicly. Suffice it to say the new coach needs to have “development” skills, which repeatedly and endlessly was the knock on Carlesimo and the source of his downfall.
The waiting process also may signal interest in Brian Shaw, the highly-regarded Pacers assistant. Indiana president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh indicated at the start of the playoffs he would not prevent teams from talking to Shaw. He fielded several calls and asked that teams wait until the end of the playoffs.
An Indiana source stressed the Nets were not among the early callers, but there is a strong connection between King and Walsh (King was an assistant under coach Larry Brown for Walsh in Indiana).
Kerber adds that an NBA source (purely on speculation) believes that the Nets want an "established" coach, and that Scott Skiles's name has "disappeared" from the Nets' radar.
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According to NBA writer Mark Heisler:
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A report that the Nets reached out to Jeff Van Gundy in this manner leaves a few doors open.... MORE →
LATEST UPDATE: Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their open coaching position, and a reunion with Deron Williams in Brooklyn looks unlikely. More
Update: An insider tells NetsDaily that Phil Jackson is the only candidate the Nets have contacted so far. More
Update: Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge tells WEEI radio that he expects Doc Rivers back on the sidelines for Boston next year. More
Update: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is a team on Brooklyn's radar, should the Grizzlies decide not to re-sign Hollins after this season. More
Update: Despite earlier reports that both sides aren't interested, Jeff Van Gundy could still get a call from Brooklyn. More
Update: Brooklyn isn't the only team looking at Brian Shaw. More
Update: Jerry Sloan says he's spoken with a couple of teams. More
The Brooklyn Nets have opened up perhaps the most important coaching search in franchise history -- with the team finally in Brooklyn, with a talent-laden roster that wasn't properly utilized in its first year, the direction the team takes with its next coach could set up the next decade of relevance. Here's a command central of every coach connected to the search -- even if, at this time, they're not being considered for the position. Things change in an instant, after all.
As the Brooklyn Nets continue their coaching search, a report from the New York Daily News indicates that one of their presumed top targets may not even get a meeting with the team.
Jeff Van Gundy has been a popular, splashy name after Phil Jackson for the new Brooklyn coach, but according to a Daily News source, there's a "98% chance" the Nets don't even schedule a meeting with Van Gundy.
The report also quotes Indiana Pacers president Donnie Walsh, who says the Nets would have permission to speak with assistant coach Brian Shaw about their opening. Shaw has been an assistant coach since 2004 (first with the Los Angeles Lakers), but never a head coach. Walsh says that Shaw would make for "a great head coach." It was not clear whether the Nets have reached out to Indiana for the permission yet.
Putting the pieces together from around the web today on the Brooklyn Nets coaching search:
- Billy King: "It was a difficult decision, and we talked about it, but looking at the long-term and the future of this organization, I felt it was best to look elsewhere to try and find the right fit. I thanked him, he did a hell of a job for us in a difficult situation, but by doing it now, there's a lot of jobs open -- hopefully it gives P.J. a chance and gives us a chance with a lot of candidates out there to explore and that's what we'll do in the next couple weeks."
- King added that Phil Jackson will get a call. The only person King would rule out? His former coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, joking that he didn't want to anger his alumni base.
- Jeff Van Gundy to Barbara Baker on the Nets opening: "My comment is I have no comment. Good to see you, though."
- David Aldridge: Larry Brown, the Van Gundy brothers, and Phil Jackson -- but Phil doesn't want a coaching role.
- Deron Williams would "love" to play for Jerry Sloan again.
- More Deron Williams: he'd like a "creative offensive coach."
- The Nets have not reached out to Brian Shaw, thanks to an unwritten NBA rule: you don't ask during the playoffs. Shaw is one of my favorite candidates for the job.
- Shaw has no head coaching experience at the NBA level, which could be an issue for Williams and Reggie Evans, who both say the team needs an experienced head coach, but not for Billy King, who cited Eric Spoelstra and Tom Thibodeau as examples of first-time coaches who found success.
In an exclusive interview with the New York Post, former NBA coach and current analyst Jeff Van Gundy tells Tim Bontemps that he feels the 39-28 Brooklyn Nets, who spent $330 million bolstering their roster this offseason, have overachieved relative to expectation:... MORE →
via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:
While Jeff Van Gundy does have interest in the Brooklyn Nets' opening, he'll be likely unwilling to meet with team officials while an interim coach is in place during the season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Brooklyn hasn't contacted Van Gundy, but sources said he's one of several candidates, including assistant Kelvin Sampson, that are on the organization's short list.
The Nets haven't reached out to Van Gundy, but he's well regarded on every level of the organization's ownership and management charts.