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Brooklyn native Mike Dunleavy would love to coach Nets

Dec 28, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

Mike Dunleavy AP

Brooklyn represent!

How about one of your own as coach of the Nets?

Mike Dunleavy — the well traveled former Lakers, Bucks, Blazers and Clippers coach — is Brooklyn born, even went to Nazareth Regional High School right in the borough.

And he is a regular rotating co-host on Sirius XM’s really good basketball show Off The Dribble with Justin Termine (channel 92 daily from noon to 2 p.m. Eastern) saying he would love the job. (Quotes via the Sirius basketball twitter page):

“I’m from Brooklyn. Coaching there would be a dream come true.”

Is the Nets job a premiere job in the league? “I think it is now that they’re in Brooklyn.”

“The first thing you have to do as a coach is get (Deron) shots in his comfort zone.”

Clearly Avery Johnson was not getting Williams shots in his comfort zone which is why he was fired.

Dunleavy is not getting this job. Not because he couldn’t do a good job (he’s a solid coach, remember he took the Lakers to the NBA finals) but because he’s not going to be a big enough name to please owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Then again, Prokhorov is going to find it tougher to get some of the big names than he expects. And when he starts looking around maybe a Brooklyn native will have some appeal. Still not going to happen, though.

  1. davidly - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    As far as Brooklyn natives go, Larry Brown is the obvious choice. Nobody has proven himself able to right a ship overnight like Brown has. The fact that he’s currently coaching on the collegiate level almost makes it seem more likely to happen, what with the way he hops from ship to ship all the time.

    But at some point NBA owners are gonna hafta figure a way to get it together with the new generation, coach included.

    Alternatively, if fame is what the owner wants, he could welcome back Kotter to Brooklyn. Didn’t he go on to coach a basketball team once?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Larry Brown is a NUT job now, look at what he did to the Knicks!

      you know what, maybe they should hire Larry ” loco” to pair up with coach killer D-Will.

      haven’t heard from Jay Z since that under new management tweet……………

      oh boy!

  2. reupjosh - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Awe hell no.

  3. tubbman27 - Dec 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I’m sure he would.

  4. 1509lucky - Dec 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Calling Dr.Phil(Jackson)!

  5. abchome - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Well, I would love to coach the Nets too! Fire Billy King if he dared to even bring up that name!

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