Sam Amick reported a week ago that the Nets are interested in former Bucks coach Scott Skiles. In fact, he's considered a good candidate for the head coaching job. Now, Gary Woelfel, a Bucks beat writer, says Skiles is on the Nets "short list." Woelfel reports that Lionel Hollins is at the top of the Nets list, according to rumors at the Pre-Draft Combine. That's no surprise, he notes. Skiles' inclusion, he says, is.
Here's his report...
The NBA pre-draft camp is always fraught with rumors. One that started percolating Saturday pertained to Brooklyn’s search for a new head coach.
Some NBA officials claim the Nets are honing in on Lionel Hollins, Memphis’ coach whose contract will soon expire. The Nets’ interest in Hollins is hardly surprising, especially considering the terrific job Hollins has done this season.
What is surprising, though, is that the Nets also have put Scott Skiles on their short list. Skiles was fired by the Bucks in January after four-plus tumultuous seasons in Milwaukee. Under Skiles, the Bucks had constant internal issues and qualified for the playoffs just once.
Later Sunday, Peter Vecsey, in response to a Nets fan, confirmed that Skiles is a Nets coaching candidate, noting he had reported it in the past.
@mikeking00 When asked about Skiles weeks ago, I tweeted he was a candidate— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) May 19, 2013