2012 Coaching Search
stories related to the search for Avery Johnson's replacement
If you want an international man of mystery for the Nets coaching job, Mitch Lawrence has your man: Ettore Messina, whose name has been knocking around the coaching speculation for a couple of weeks. He'd be the first international coach in the NBA.
According to Ron Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, the Nets have been denied permission to speak with Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, while the Clippers were granted permission to speak with him.
The Nets travel to Italy, next weekend to look at European draft prospects. Don't be surprised to hear they have interest in a European coaching prospect as well, specifically Ettore Messina who won two Euroleague titles for Mikhail Prokhorov.
In an interview on Houston radio Friday, Jeff Van Gundy remained elusive about his status as speculation mounted that he's on a short list for the Nets --and Clippers-- coaching jobs. Van Gundy did say he'd be interested in returning to the bench.
It seems as if everyone on the Nets list --if indeed that single sheet of paper exists on Mikhail Prokhorov's desk or in note inside Billy King's iPad-- has pluses and minuses. So we take a look at all the candidates ... or all those we know about.
Lionel Hollins is about to become a hot property despite his team's current 3-0 deficit in the Western Conference Finals. Last October, he spoke candidly about his philosophy of player development and why some young players make it, and some do not.