Brooklyn about to become Brook-Zen?
According to multiple media reports, the Brooklyn Nets, whose season just ended Sunday night, are already knee-deep in doing due diligence about prying Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich away from San Antonio to be their next head coach.
It’s a possibility that has been bandied about before, but Nets GM Sean Marks, who was a player, assistant coach, and assistant GM in San Antonio during Pop’s tenure before coming to Brooklyn, was coy about the idea of bringing his buddy to Brooklyn in an appearance on WFAN’s Joe & Evan Show last month.
“Pop has a job. So I will say that. And, obviously, we all know he’s an amazing, amazing coach — and to be quite frank, an even better leader,” Marks told Joe & Evan. “So I’ll let Pop continue to coach for the Spurs. He owes it to them and they owe it to him. I’m sure he’s quite happy there.”
After Kenny Atkinson was fired in March, interim boss Jacque Vaughn went 7-7 overall, winning both of his games between his ascension and the NBA’s COVID-19 shutdown and going 5-3 in bubble seeding games before the severely-undermanned Nets were swept by Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.
Numerous players expressed their pleasure at playing for Vaughn in that short time.
“If you ask anybody who was a part of JV’s two games before the cut-off and then the whole experience here, they’ll tell you he’s very deserving of the job. He’s done a great job down here winning with less,” said Caris LeVert.
“In terms of Jacque coming back, I think it would be great. It’s easy to play for him, it’s easy to connect with Jacque, it’s easy to kind of mesh well with him,” added Jarrett Allen. “He’s easy to talk to as a player. He knows what players are going through, what they’re thinking. He’s been in our role. So, to play for somebody that has both of those things about him, it makes it easy.”