The Nets can make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference with me coaching them. All of the options currently out there have one of two problems with them: 1) They are more associated with losing than winning or 2) They are just too old to put the heart and energy into building a dynasty.
Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Fratello, Nate McMillan...these guys are the first category and are just not an improvement over PJ Carlesimo. PJ helped the Nets win about 2/3 of their games. With this team knowing him and really starting to gel under him, why bring one of them in now?
Brad Stevens, Shaka Smart, Bill Self, Dave Rice, Josh Pastner. These are the names we should be targeting.
What can a college coach do?
A) Help a team improve their chemistry. Jeff Van Gundy did not improve the chemistry in Houston. Nate McMillan would help our defense, but does he know how to fit our offensive pieces together. Fratello knows our players, but can he really make them better.
B) Develop young talent. This is not always a prerequisite for the NBA, but it is what college coaches do for a living. We are locked into Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez for the next few years. Not necessarily a bad thing, but we need someone who can develop our young core into efficient players off the bench. Tyshawn Taylor, MarShon Brooks, Mirza Teletovic, and our rookies next year and the year after need to be able to come in and make an immediate impact by finding their role.
It will be hard to pry these coaches from their schools, and that's where Prokhorov comes in.