The Brooklyn Nets’ decision to move on from head coach Kenny Atkinson immediately ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season being suspended caught a lot of people by surprise.
Despite some major struggles, Brooklyn was still in playoff positioning at the time of the move. With the season still suspended, things have come to a halt in terms of finding a long-term replacement.
According to Marc Stein of the NY Times, Brooklyn has some initial candidates for the job. That includes former Nets head coach Jason Kidd and veteran head coach Jeff Van Gundy as well as former Warriors head man Mark Jackson.
Jackson’s inclusion is specifically interesting in that he just went on record indicating that the Warriors’ brass has attempted to blackball him after he was fired following a 51-win 2013-14 campaign with the team.
As it relates to Kidd, the current Los Angeles Lakers assistant served as the Nets’ head coach in 2013-14. He led the team to a 44-38 record and a playoff appearance.
The interest in former Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is not surprising. Kyrie Irving, who played under Lue in Cleveland, is open to the idea.
This is a situation that likely won’t play out until the 2019-20 concludes or is canceled altogether.