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Report: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving want high-profile coach like Gregg Popovich, Tyronn Lue

Nets, Nets coaching search

Some new insight has been provided regarding the Brooklyn Nets’ search for a new head coach. As it turns out, team superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are reportedly favoring a new coach that has an established name in the business, such as Gregg Popovich or Tyronn Lue.

This report comes via ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan:

Yet, league sources say Durant and Irving are interested in a higher profile head coach, along the lines of Tyronn Lue or Gregg Popovich, who are among the candidates who have been linked to the opening.

Furthermore, The Athletic’s Shams Charania confirms that the Nets are planning to pursue Popovich. There have been rumblings for a while suggesting Brooklyn would go after Pop, and this only adds more fuel to the fire. Pop is apparently a favorite of KD, and the longtime coach has history with Nets general manager Sean Marks.

This all isn’t too surprising, considering how Durant and Irving are themselves two of the biggest names in the NBA. Naturally, they would desire to be coached by a personality of a similar caliber in terms of league-wide popularity.

The report also states that both guys have grown to like current interim coach Jacque Vaughn, and that he is also being considered as a permanent choice for the squad next season. However, he is not exactly a big name, and his reputation is a far cry from the likes of Lue and Popovich, who themselves have won it all in the NBA as coaches.

What is clear here is that Marks will be paying attention to what his stars have to say. Marks has been in the business long enough to understand that in today’s NBA, you have to listen when stars have something to say. Failing to do so might just lead to catastrophic results.