It appears that the Brooklyn Nets coaching search may have come down to two candidates, Memphis’s Lionel Hollins and Indiana’s assistant coach Brian Shaw, according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In that tweet, Woj says that Shaw may be the leading candidate for the Nets. This comes just minutes after he tweeted that the Grizzlies are allowing Hollins to talk to other teams, as he is a coaching free agent.
It has been well documented that Hollins does not have a great relationship with Grirzzlies ownership, who refused to extend his contract which allowed him to become a free agent. Meanwhile, Shaw’s Pacers won game 6 last night and are still very much alive in the playoffs. It is doubtful that the Nets would contact Shaw until Indiana’s surprising run is over.
If Wojnarowski is correct about this information, and he usually is, I’d like to congratulate the Nets on picking the top 2 candidates in this year’s pool of possible coaches. Hollins and Shaw have been at the top of my list of Nets coaches since Brooklyn fired P.J. Carlesimo a month ago and now it appears that hopefully one of them will become the next head coach of the Nets.
The Nets have remained very quiet about their search and have given us no information as to who they might be considering hiring. It is likely that they will have a coach in place in time for the draft on June 27th.