By Timothy Downs @Tidow1212 on September 1, 2014
The Nets' franchise has not had a ton of success since leaving New Jersey for Long Island, then back to New Jersey, and finally back New York in Brooklyn. However, some big name coaches have blessed the Nets' bench throughout their history.
*Spoiler Alert* No Brooklyn Nets' coaches come anywhere near this list.
Here's a look at the top five coaches in Nets' history.
Chuck Daly only coached two seasons for the New Jersey Nets, but he is a rare Nets coach who actually has a winning regular season record. He went 88-76 in his time with the club, but had a lackluster showing in the playoffs (3-6). Daly is a Hall of Famer from his time with the Detroit Pistons, and is undoubtedly a top 10 coach in NBA history.
Most people probably don't realize that the long time St. Johns basketball legend, Lou Carnesecca, coached for a brief stint with the Nets. He had a losing record (114-138), but did win 13 playoff games with a lousy team. The Nets were probably just thrilled he took the job at all.
Lawrence Frank had a losing record overall with the Nets at 225-241, but had the franchise in the playoffs on the regular, as he went 18-20 in the postseason. Frank inherited a team that had just come off two straight NBA finals appearances, but he was unable to get the Nets over the hump.
Kevin Loughery was coaching the team when they were still the 'New York Nets' as they shared the Nassau Coliseum with the NHL's New York Islanders. He won two ABA championships with Julius Erving, but never had much luck in the NBA after the team joined the association in 1976. Overall, he won 298 games for the franchise, and is their only coach to win a title. Had one of those titles been an NBA championship, he would've taken the No. 1 spot.
It's absurd that it took so long for the Los Angeles Lakers to hire Byron Scott as their head coach. He took the New Jersey Nets, a chronically floundering franchise, to back-to-back NBA finals appearances in 2001-02, 2002-03. Ironically, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Nets in Scott's first trip, and the San Antonio Spurs in the second. However, no coach has come anywhere near as close as Scott did to an NBA title. He deserves the top spot.
Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.
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