Thursday, December 27, 2012
Next Nets coach? Let the speculation begin
By Mike Mazzeo
Could Phil Jackson or Jerry Sloan replace interim Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo (center)?
Who will be the new coach of the Nets?
Let’s take a look at some of the possible candidates:
Phil Jackson: Who wouldn’t want an 11-time NBA champion coaching their team? Then, again, would he really come out of retirement to coach this one? Owner Mikhail Prokhorov has a $1 billion arena and a roster he dished out $330 million in the offseason to improve. If the Nets could land Jackson, it would be a grand slam. Jackson commands respect and could easily stand up to Deron Williams. Still, this scenario seems like a long shot at best.
Stan Van Gundy: Given his past successes in Orlando, he’d certainly make a lot of sense -- unless the Nets are still dreaming of getting Dwight Howard. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting he has no interest in the Brooklyn job.
Larry Brown: You have to put him on the list because he was GM Billy King’s coach in Philadelphia, and the two had a lot of success together. Brown is 73 and currently coaching Southern Methodist in the collegiate ranks. Would he want to take one last shot?
Jeff Van Gundy: Stan’s brother has been doing television analyst work for ESPN. He hasn’t been a coach since 2006-07. Still, he’s won in New York and has the guts to call out D-Will.
Mike Brown: He couldn’t win it all with LeBron James and was fired by the Lakers just five games into this season. But Brown has plenty of experience, and has coached in pressure situations before.
Jerry Sloan: D-Will loves his “flex” offense. Then again, wasn’t the Nets point guard the same guy who forced Sloan into retirement?
Nate McMillan: Former NBA head coach. Served under Mike Krzyzewski for the U.S. Olympic team. McMillan is similar to Avery Johnson in terms of scheme (defense-first, grind-it-out half-court offense).
Mike Dunleavy: Coach of the Year in 1999 with the Blazers, but has been out of coaching since 2010.
P.J. Carlesimo: He is the interim coach, so he’s going to have to work with this roster. He knows the players well. Hasn’t had much success on the pro level as a head coach, though.
Quin Snyder: He’s young, played at Duke and is currently an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow, Prokhorov’s old team in Russia.
David Blatt: An American who coached the Russian National Team to a bronze medal in London. (Surely Prokhorov knows of him.) Blatt, 53, played college ball at Princeton and also coaches regularly with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.