Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy the Brooklyn Nets will have this summer, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. Lewis also noted that San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina could be a top candidate for the job.
New GM Sean Marks thus has a tough task ahead of him, as Brooklyn fired coach Lionel Hollins midseason and has been rolling with assistant Tony Brown on an interim basis ever since. The Nets have lost 60 games and will be looking to rely on a coach that can turn a young team into a contender.
Could Blatt be that man? Well, it’s hard to say. He has known owner Mikhail Prokhorov for years, having coached the Russian National Team from 2004-2012, but he also got fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers at midseason this year despite a 30-11 start.
In terms of Messina, he doesn’t have any NBA head coaching experience, but coached in Italy for years. Given the state of the Nets, the best thing that Marks can do is probably gamble on an unknown after a known veteran in Hollins proved not to work.
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