The Brooklyn Nets are hoping that the 2013-2014 NBA season will be vastly different than their 2012-2013 campaign. They came into the year led by Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, three stars of the league, and with high expectations. However, they fell way short of those expectations and ended up being upset in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Brooklyn told their interim coach, P.J. Carlesimo, that he wouldn’t return next season, which started the coaching search for the Nets. High-profile names like Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan and Brian Shaw have all been discussed as potential candidates for the job. Another name emerged as a possible head coach for the Nets this week, that of Scott Skiles.
Skiles started the 2012-2013 season as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. However, his team was horribly inconsistent and seemed to have no real purpose under his direction. Because of that he was eventually fired, though the official language was that he resigned, in January. Skiles first became a head coach in the 1999-2000 season and has made the playoffs six different times, but has also been dismissed from all three coaching gigs he’s had.
Though Skiles is a decent coach, he’s not a coach that values discipline and has a tendency to lose control of teams after he’s been with a squad for a while. Considering the issues that plagued the Nets this season, he is not the type of coach that Brooklyn needs to bring in.
The Nets are a team that disappointingly played with little purpose or desire this season and it was obvious that would’ve helped them. They needed to be discipline, given roles, and directed by a strong authoritarian coach. Skiles is not that guy. He may be a well-known name in coaching, but Brooklyn isn’t the place for him.