NETS OFF-SEASON UPDATE
Added by Matthew Hochberg on May 13, 2013.
The Brooklyn Nets are in search for a coach. After a disappointing first-round playoff exit, the front office decided to fire interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
While the hunt for a head coach is on going, it may not be over anytime soon. There are many rumors swirling around that Lionel Hollins, coach of the Memphis Grizzlies who are currently battling the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second-round of the playoffs, might try to be lured in by Nets General Manager Billy King.
Holins’ contract is up after this season, and a new group of owners have stepped in who may want to find a younger, cheaper replacement to lead them. However, the Grizzlies may very well make it all the way to the NBA Finals, possibly forcing the Nets to wait out the whole playoffs depending on how badly they want him.
Hollins would be a great fit in Brooklyn. He is the kind of hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach who would bring out the very best out of his players on the defensive end, and add a type of toughness to the Nets, something they surely lacked this past year, which became evident against the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. He would also be able to handle the star-studded roster, including players such as Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and last but certainly not least, Deron Williams. If the plans to sign Hollins fall through, some other coaching candidates include current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Larry Brown and Jeff Van Gundy.
The Nets are also on the verge of adding Bojan Bogdanovic, a 24 year-old Croatian. The 6-foot-8 forward has yet to play in the United States, but in 21 games this season while playing for the Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker, he has averaged 15.5 points and is shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range. While it is unlikely Bogdanovic would make an immediate impact, he would provide an outside shooting threat and add depth at the forward position, something the Nets are currently lacking.
There is no doubt the Brooklyn Nets are a solid team who are now expected to consistently make the playoffs. However, to take the next step to become a “championship-contender” they must continue to build their team this off-season, starting with a coach and moving down along the roster.