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Nets' Head Coach Search: Latest News, Rumors Surrounding Position

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina, of Italy, during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday Oct. 8, 2015.  Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not travel with the team and Messina filled in as head coach.  The Kings won 95-92.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2016

The Brooklyn Nets continue to look for a full-time head coach after firing Lionel Hollins, and several names have come up as the team continues to look to fill the vacancy.

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Nets Interested in Thibodeau

Thursday, Feb. 18

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reported that Nets ownership "has long been enamored with Tom Thibodeau," adding that it's "safe to assume" he'll be a candidate for the full-time job.

Marks Could Bring Messina to Brooklyn

Thursday, Feb. 18

According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola on Tuesday, "there is a very good chance" the Nets could hire Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina as their next head coach if they ultimately hired Marks as general manager, which the team did on Thursday.

On Feb. 13,'s Mike Mazzeo connected the dots and noted that Messina would be a logical choice for the Nets because he previously coached Russian side CSKA Moscow, which used to be owned by current Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

ESPN's Marc Stein broke down several of the candidates at the center of Brooklyn's coaching search following the team's midseason shakeup:

The Nets fired head coach Lionel Hollins and general manager Billy King on Jan. 10, and the team has been operating with Tony Brown as the interim boss ever since.

At the time, Prokhorov made it clear he wasn't pleased with the performance of his personnel department. 

"I think that I want us to have firmer, a much firmer blueprint of what kind of players we're looking for," Prokhorov said after firing King and Hollins, per Bleacher Report's Howard Beck

Hiring Messina would also be a home run for the Nets. The well-traveled 56-year-old comes from the Gregg Popovich coaching tree, and his prior working relationship with Prokhorov would presumably make the transition easier as the Nets seek to snap out of a funk and make their owner's grandiose dreams come true. 

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