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Report: Mark Jackson among those being considered to replace Jason Kidd as Nets head coach

Jun 29, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

The Nets are reportedly done with Jason Kidd, after he unsuccessfully tried to gain more power within the organization and has a more executive gig lined up with the Milwaukee Bucks.

That means Kidd will need to be replaced as head coach, and rather than go with a first-timer once again, Brooklyn appears to be considering candidates with far more experience.

From Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk of

Sources told on Saturday night that the name of former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has come up internally as a potential candidate to replace Kidd if he indeed leaves the Nets. Jackson was ousted by the Warriors in May after his own flap with ownership, and he famously defended Kidd’s decision to demote highly paid lead assistant Lawrence Frank. …

In addition, NBA coaching sources say the Nets are interested in veterans Lionel Hollins and George Karl, another ESPN analyst.

Jackson would be an interesting choice, considering the fact that he didn’t exactly leave the Warriors under the most favorable of circumstances. He was successful on the sidelines as a coach, but a rocky relationship with management and ownership ultimately caused the team to go in another direction.

Hollins similarly clashed with management in his last position, and was let go after leading the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals in what was the most successful season in franchise history.

Karl was axed in Denver after having a difference of opinion on how he should be distributing minutes, among other things, and didn’t want to enter the final year of his contract without getting an extension — one that was earned, frankly, but that management was hesitant to give.

There are no easy choices here for the Nets. These candidates are all fine head coaches, but come with their own set of relative baggage — probably not as much as there was with Kidd, but enough to be cautious nonetheless.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    All three are solid choices…

    The Nets roster is stuck for a while though…

    Depends who the Russian gets along with best between these guys…

    All are good.

  2. clevelandrox - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    so silly! supposed business men letting personal reasons get in the way of on court team success

  3. cantonb0und13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Brooklyn Nets next head coach: Ettore Messina. Why? Because why not?

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Great that you’re username pisses off a peabrain!

  4. milimpilim - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Yes! Please don’t let Mark Jackson do games for ABC.

    • hdsnake867 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      You want Mark Jackson to be hired so he won’t be an NBA game commentator? If that’s your reason, then there are 2 guys that should move to the head of the line because they are the WORST behind the microphone. Of course I’m referring to Jeff (no brain matter) Van Gundy and the very worst, Reggie (marble mouth) Miller .

    • patfic5 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Hand down, man down. Never got old….until it did.

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    The Nets sure love Billy King though… Watch in 2016, Kevin Durant wants to play for the Nets, but he wants King to be dismissed. The Nets will still keep King, instead of signing Durant.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I think a certain Russian would have something to say about that…

  6. aldavisfortytime - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    George Karl.

  7. urodaddy07 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I am a little confused to be truthful. What exactly did J. Kidd do? Must have been more than just to make a suggestion. Did he threaten to leave? If he did, sounds kinda crazy. He’s a first year coach. Is he definitely going to the Bucks? And why would Milwaukee have made an offer of head coach plus roster control to a largely unproven quantity. He did a decent job in Jersey but its a little early to tell how good of a coach he is let alone giving him so much power and responsibility. This is nuts

    • jvw1982 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Its the Bucks, they make bad decision after bad decision…Kidd probably felt he was underpaid after Fisher and Kerr both got 5 yr 25 million deals while he makes 4 yrs 10 million….I think Nets will be better off with Jackson or Hollins

    • ranfan12 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      I think he was looking to gain some FO power . I don’t the nets motive either

    • bkbell3 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      urodaddy07, kid is friends with the bucks who was a part owner of the nets and kidd’s financial adviser, so he has a relationship with him. Plus this writer yet again has the facts wrong. Kidd is not being offered anything above the coaching job.

      • urodaddy07 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        That sounds like it makes more sense

  8. saint1997 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    I think the Magic should flick their coach and pick up Lionel Hollins before anyone else can

  9. atlbrave5 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    There is a good reason why many of these teams such as the BUCKS and the NETS are always in the seller of the NBA for a decade or more..hint it’s not the coaches! It might be some of the players but everything in business starts from the top on down! The common denominator in all of these clashes are the executives trying to run the team and coach the team from the skybox and front offices! You have these successful businessman that know laws and numbers trying to tell MARK JACKSON a thing or two about basketball! George Karl is a top tier coach who had just won coach of the year before he left Denver. Hollins leads his squad to the best record the franchise has ever seen and yet management has an issue with him. Jackson put the most exciting product on the floor in the NBA last season and got the axe. Jason Kidd’s team was riddled with injuries all year and still made it into the 2nd round! The coaches aren’t the problem, the executives are! Stay out of basketball business and just stick to wearing suits and signing checks.

  10. dcarlock - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Jason Kidd got too big for his “britches”. What an egomaniac! (wife BEATER too!). Anyway, Mark Jackson is a GOOD man & a perfect fit for the Nets. I hope that Mr. Prokhorov hires him! What do you say Nets fans!

  11. ghelton03 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Jackson is a bad fit. Won’t happen. Jackson’s next job will be in the bible belt.

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