With the Brooklyn Nets’ season over and P.J. Carlesimo already on his way out the door, it appears that Nets GM Billy King has already began looking for his next head coach. In a series of tweets by Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Nets have begun their search by highlighting 3 candidates, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown, and Brian Shaw. Additionally, Broussard reports that Doc Rivers would be a candidate if the Celtics give Brooklyn permission to talk to him. Deron Williams’s former coach Jerry Sloan is also a long shot. The Van Gundy brothers, Jeff and Stan, are not on Brooklyn’s list.
The three key names that Broussard brings up are all big names around the NBA. Phil Jackson and Larry Brown are both hall-of-famers that have been around basketball their entire lives. The question will be for them is if they would be interested in coming to Brooklyn to keep coaching in the NBA.
Jackson has said that he prefers a front office position to coaching, but he has not yet ruled out becoming a coach again. Brown currently coaches at SMU in college.
The other candidate, Brian Shaw, is a lead assistant on the Pacers. He has been thought of as a future NBA head coach for a number of years now and it seems like only a matter of time before he gets his shot. But would the Nets want to hire a first time head coach? It has worked out before for other teams. Tom Thibodeau is a first time head coach with Chicago.
Keep up with FRWD for all the latest news about the Nets’ coaching search.