After recently parting ways with head coach Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has provided an update on what the team is doing right now with regards to their search for Atkinson’s replacement.
According to Marks, the team has decided to likewise place their search on hold temporarily in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic:
Nets GM Sean Marks on the team's coaching search: "No we are not reaching out to anyone right now. That would completely be not fair to our group."
Marks says he has been pleased with how Jacque Vaughn and his staff have been in contact with players during the pandemic.
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In the wake of Atkinson’s firing, the Nets’ front office decided to place former assistant coach Jacque Vaughn in charge as a interim coach. As Atkinson described above, the 45-year-old — who also spent three seasons as the head coach of the Orlando Magic — has been doing a good job communicating with the team of late. Vaughn has been the assistant coach of the Nets since 2016, so he surely has been able to build some form of personal relationships with the players.
Marks’ statement make sense here, as it would be insensitive for the front office to carry on with their search in the midst of all the challenges the whole nation is facing right now. There have been a number of big names linked to the open position, with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving reportedly wanting a blockbuster hire, but there will be plenty of time to do a full coaching search.
For now, the good news is Durant and the three other Nets players who tested positive for the coronavirus have now been cleared of symptoms.