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Nets Interested in Thibodeau
Saturday, Jan. 16
The Nets have "strong interest" in former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and are likely to pursue him once they have a general manager in place, according to Marc Stein and Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com.
On Jan. 13, Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reported the Nets have "reached out" to Thibodeau about their vacancy.
What's Next Step For Nets After Firing Hollins, King?
The Nets took their first steps toward rebuilding by parting ways with Hollins and reassigning GM Billy King.
Hollins was put in a no-win situation, guiding an aging, overpaid roster to a 10-27 start before he was removed. He did win 38 games with the Nets last season, but it marked the second consecutive year their victory total dropped after peaking with 49 in 2012-13.
Since Mikhail Prokhorov bought the Nets in 2010, he has spent money as quickly as possible with the hopes of making the franchise into a dynasty. His plans never materialized despite three straight playoff appearances.
It's possible the Nets won't have a first-round draft pick until 2019 as a result of all of those past deals King conducted, so this isn't going to be a quick rebuilding job for the next head coach and GM.
By making this decision now, it enables our organization to use the rest of the season to diligently evaluate candidates with proven track records. It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership. With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.
Thibodeau would certainly be a fit for the Nets' rebuilding plans. The Bulls dismissed him last year after five successful seasons during which he had a .647 winning percentage and made the playoffs every year despite a roster that was often hampered by injuries.
The Nets need a coach who has a strong voice, knows how to develop young talent and is going to maximize the potential of every player on the roster. Thibodeau has proved he's able to do that, so it's up to him if he wants to go into a situation that will likely be especially challenging.