Mar 30, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT
Now that the Nets have 10 wins, let’s start talking about what really matters — next season.
The next big day on the calendar in New Jersey is May 18, John Wall Day. What you call the NBA draft lottery. It could be a huge day in franchise history if the math goes their way, but they have no control over that.
What they can control is the search for a new coach. The Nets need someone to give this team direction. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo the leading candidate is current Mark Jackson foil and broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy. A guy whose teams are painfully dull to watch but who do play hard defense and tend to win more than they lose (he has one losing season in 11 at the helm).
A couple of college coaches — Villanova’s Jay Wright and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo are likely to get calls, and likely to ignore the offers, Wojnarowski said.
Rod Thorn is expected to stay on as general manager under new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, but the mood will shift as the Nets will start to spend. They will go after free agents this summer — let’s not get greedy and talk LeBron, Nets fans, just be happy you’re going after somebody — and start making moves to dispel the belief the Nets are a franchise run on the cheap.
And that should start with spending some real money on a real coach. No offense, Kiki.