According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Brooklyn Nets are “close” to naming Jason Kidd’s first assistant coach, Roy Rogers, who most recently was an assistant under Lawrence Frank in Detroit.
Rogers has been a Nets assistant in the past, also under Frank, where he coached Brook Lopez in his rookie year, which was arguably Brook’s best year as a rebounder. Rogers followed Frank to Detroit when Frank was hired there two years ago.
Roy Rogers is a big man specialist. With the Pistons, he has molded both Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond into two excellent rebounders who also have some nice post moves on offense. Brook Lopez has been criticized a lot for his rebounding over the last couple of seasons, and hopefully Rogers will be able to fix Lopez’s problem.
This move is interesting for the Nets because they have not yet signed Lawrence Frank as an assistant, but Rogers may be able to recruit Frank to come to Brooklyn as a lead assistant.
As of now, there have not been many other assistant names thrown around for Jason Kidd’s staff with reliable sources. Expect the Nets to hire most of their assistants in July or early August.