Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Up next on the Nets' coaching search ...
Phil Jackson informed the Brooklyn Nets that he is not interested in their head-coaching vacancy, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
So who will the Nets turn their attention to?
"Larry Brown is going to get a call. Brian Shaw is going to get a call," Stephen A. Smith said on "SportsCenter" on Wednesday morning. "The Boston Celtics, if they haven't been contacted, they will be contacted for permission to talk to Doc Rivers, who is under contract. I wouldn't be surprised if our very own Jeff Van Gundy is thrown into the mix."
Smith emphasized the importance of this hire for Nets GM Billy King.
"Billy King is going to scour the globe. He's going to do whatever's necessary to find who he believes to be the best coach," Smith said. "Remember, he's not the one who hired Avery [Johnson]. ... Basically, this is his first pick since being on the job in Brooklyn, and he knows he's gotta make it a good one.
"Mikhail Prokhorov has put the franchise on notice that he expects the Brooklyn Nets to be just as relevant as the New York Knicks in eyes of New Yorkers. So that's a tall, tall task."
Brown, 72, is a Brooklyn native and Hall of Fame coach. He is currently in the NCAA ranks, coaching SMU in Dallas. He has coached nine NBA teams, most recently the Charlotte Bobcats. He won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
Brown coached the Knicks for one season, 2005–06. He was fired after going 23-59.
Shaw, 47, is in his second season as an Indiana Pacers assistant coach. He was a Los Angeles Lakers assistant from 2004-11, mostly under Jackson.
Shaw spent 14 seasons as an NBA player, winning three championships with the Lakers (2000-02).
Rivers, 51, just wrapped up his ninth season as the Celtics' head coach. He guided Boston to a championship in 2008, with a return trip to the NBA Finals in 2010.
Rivers played in the NBA for 13 seasons, mostly with Atlanta. He also spent a little more than two seasons with the Knicks. His son Austin was an NBA rookie for the New Orleans Hornets in 2012-13.
Van Gundy, 51, coached the Knicks from March 1996 until December 2001. New York reached the 1999 NBA Finals during Van Gundy's tenure.
He also coached the Rockets for four seasons. Houston fired him in May 2007, and he has been an NBA analyst ever since.