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Nets’ Joe Harris gives endorsement for Tyronn Lue as head coach

Joe Harris, Tyronn Lue, Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to begin a full search for a new head coach after parting ways with Kenny Atkinson last weekend.

Atkinson and the front office mutually agreed to part ways last week. That transpired after reports he had lost the confidence of Kyrie Irving and some of the other players on the roster. It was also reported that Irving preferred former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue as the team’s next head coach. Although his camp refuted that notion.

However, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported Lue is expected to be a “prime candidate” for the position, anyway. Moreover, players on the Nets roster lauded Lue for his journey from former player to championship-winning coach.

Nets swingman Joe Harris had this to say about Lue:

“They’re both excellent coaches, Ty Lue especially,” Harris said. “Playing in this league, being an assistant for a long time, just the way he was able to relate with the players, especially just day-to day was pretty unique in terms of a coaching perspective. I always liked that about him, just his ability to jell and mesh with everybody. He seemed like, to me, to be one of those guys when he did play he was probably close with everybody in the locker room, just the way he was able to interact with every single guy on the team.”

Of course, there is familiarity between Lue and Irving.

Lue coached Kyrie for three seasons when the pair were together in Cleveland. The two developed a close rapport.

While Lue might indeed be a candidate for the position, the Nets will first look to see how interim head coach Jacque Vaughn performs in the role, whenever (or if) the current suspension ends.