The inaugural season for the Brooklyn Nets yielded the most wins the franchise has registered since 2005-2006 with 49 victories, which was also the last time the Nets were above .500. Now that Brooklyn has established a winning culture with a revamped roster, whoever is brought in to be their next head coach must continue that trend and keep the Nets on the winning side of the spectrum.
The Nets came to Brooklyn looking to not only change their address, but also their entire identity of the franchise. They used then part owner Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter was used as a marketing beacon to draw attention of a younger fan base in their area. They re-signed point guard Deron Williams to a max contract, locked up center Brook Lopez and traded for all-star Joe Johnson, further letting fans know that they were indeed serious about building a contender.
The next step for the Nets to remain among the best teams in the Eastern Conference would be to make a big splash with their next hire for head coach. Avery Johnson didn’t quite cut it last go ’round, and although P.J. Carlesimo did a solid job he probably didn’t fit the profile that the Nets are looking for long term.
There are a few high profile coaches on the market, with both Stan and Jeff Van Gundy appearing to be good options. Another option that the Nets should possibly wait to interview is Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw. Shaw was a hot commodity after serving as an assistant under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and should be just as intriguing as a candidate after what he’s done with the Pacers this season. Shaw could have an impact similar to that of Mark Jackson‘s with the Golden State Warriors.
If the Nets want to make a true statement with their next head coach, Brian Shaw should be given every opportunity to land the job. With Shaw as their coach, Brooklyn could be viewed as a definite team on the rise in the East, with a relatively young core to grow with.