The Brooklyn Nets are still searching for a new head coach. They may have seen an opportunity open up this week when George Karl and the Denver Nuggets parted ways. The team may not be the front runner for Karl’s services, but they have to make every effort to get him to town.
Karl’s teams got past the first round just once during his nine years in Denver, but I wouldn’t care about that if I was Brooklyn. If there is a chance to get a coach who could change your team’s fortunes, you have to get him. Karl could come in and have a solid base in front of him already, as Deron Williams is one of the better point guards in the NBA and Joe Johnson seems to be still productive from the shooting guard position.
It probably won’t work and Karl will land elsewhere, but if the team can at least get themselves into the conversation, it is a positive. There are a lot of moving parts during the coaching search through the NBA this offseason, and who knows where the revolving door will stop. Brooklyn needs to get this done as quickly as possible or risk having to look for an assistant coach with no head coaching experience.
Karl may not be the perfect fit, but I think he can lead the Nets past the first round of the playoffs next season.