Brooklyn Nets Coaching Vacancy: The Probable, The Wildcard, and The Wish
On Saturday, March 7, the Brooklyn Nets mutually parted ways with their head coach of 4 years Kenny Atkinson. Atkinson was tasked with a nearly impossible job at the time of his take over. He was trying to rebuild a team that had little to no draft capital. Atkinson not only over achieved but was on the verge of creating a special team at the time of his parting.
Now it is reported that the team and Atkinson went their separate ways because the players wanted a change. This is still just a rumor, but considering Atkinson was well liked by Nets vets like Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen, it seems questionable.
But the rumors spreading is concerning because it draws into question whether or not guys like Joe Harris will be willing to resign after the loss of Atkinson. That in itself, however, is a subject for another day. Today, we will go over 3 possible coaching candidates that I believe the Brooklyn Nets should consider moving forward.
Probable – Tyronn Lue
Lue is a safe pick. He has already coached Kyrie Irving in the past, and speculation indicated that Irving was one of the team members in the locker room who was not fond of Atkinson. Kyrie Irving, over the past couple of years, has been labeled a diva in many NBA front offices as well as in the public eye.
I for one, don’t completely agree with this opinion, but I acknowledge that Irving can be an acquired taste. Accommodating Kyrie Irving, and hopefully enabling him to thrive, is why Lue makes a lot of sense for the Brooklyn Nets.
Ty Lue won’t re-invent the wheel in the role, but he already has the respect of Irving as a coach and a person. I would say he is a safe pick, but not necessarily the best available option.
Wildcard – Becky Hammon
Becky Hammon may not the most ideal candidate, but I believe it is time for her to get head coaching job offers. Hammon has been under the coaching umbrella of the legend Gregg Popovich and is primed to get the opportunity in the league sooner rather than later. Why not? I could not think of a better market for a team to elect the first women head coach of the NBA.
It is New York, it is Brooklyn, a city that leads trends across the country. If she can get the players to by into her coaching techniques, she could help propel this team to new heights.
Wish – Gregg Popovich
Please Mr. Tsai, if you want to get a coach that will turn this franchise around, that coach is Gregg Popovich. Team owner Joseph Tsai played a role in the decision to part ways with Atkinson, and said he wants to get a coach that the players want.
What more could they want? Popovich will be able to manage the locker room quite easily, thanks to his pedigree. And he loves Kevin Durant. Popovich was recently quoted regarding his desire for Durant, specifically, to join the team representing the USA in the Tokyo Olympics.
Could Popovich and San Antonio finally see a long-rumored break up as their long, historic run is dwindling into a Spurs rebuild mode. If so, what better way is there to reinvigorate a legendary coach than with a new scene and a roster with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Spencer Dinwiddie?
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