By Max Zelenko on June 30, 2014
It still has not sunken yet in for many NBA fans, but Jason Kidd’s tenure as Brooklyn Nets’ head coach has come to an abrupt end. With Kidd on his way to the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn has already started to make inquiries about his replacement. Here are the top five rumored candidates to become the next head coach of the Nets.
His name was linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, which was enough for Connecticut to lock him up to a hefty extension. However, with Brooklyn extremely close to his new home, there has to be some intrigue for Ollie with a nice market and a playoff-ready roster.
This is the name to keep an eye on. Messina has deep ties with owner Mikhail Prokhorov and has tremendous respect throughout Europe, as he coached for CSKA Moscow. With the Cavs already making an unconventional move at the head coaching position, this door is wide open for Messina to come in and coach the Nets.
Jackson may not be the ideal guy to bring in at this time, as he quickly soured his relationship with Golden State's management. Brooklyn does not need that distraction after it just got done dealing with the Kidd. However, there is no denying the job Jackson did with the Warriors which could make for a good fit with the Nets’ roster.
Karl’s tenure ended in Denver directly after a Coach of the Year Award in 2013. One of the all-time greats is rumored to have the itch to come back and give it another go, and Brooklyn would be a great situation for him.
Today’s leading candidate is Hollins as he would bring a defensive mentality, as well as a no-nonsense work ethic. Hollins would mesh very well with the Nets’ veteran roster.
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