The Nets coaching vacancies dwindled Monday with the news that Shaun Fein will be named head coach of the Long Island Nets, Michael Scotto reports. In addition, Ryan Forehan-Kelly will move from Long Island, where he had been assistant coach, to Brooklyn as a player development coordinator.
The Brooklyn Nets will name Ryan Forehan-Kelly as player development coordinator, and Shaun Fein will coach the Long Island Nets in the G League, league sources told @TheAthleticNYC.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) August 5, 2019
Fein will replace Will Weaver, now the head coach of the Australia’s NBL Sydney Kings. Weaver’s new job is one of the most prestigious coaching positions in the NBL.
Fein has served as a Player Development Coordinator with the Nets organization the past two years. This past season, he was in charge of developing Dzanan Musa, Theo Pinson, and two-way player Alan Williams.
Musa, Pinson, and Williams went on to have stellar seasons with Long Island, which included some splits with Brooklyn during the season. Musa and Pinson are under contract with the Nets this season. Williams signed recently with Lokomotiv Krasnodar in Russia.
Musa credited Fein back in February for helping him get more comfortable shooting long distance three’s and improving his overall game.
“We work a lot on my shot so I feel very comfortable shooting three’s and long distances, thanks to (assistant coach) Pablo (Prigioni) and (player development coordinator) Shaun Fein, all those guys that work my ass everyday.
“I was always a good passer. but now that I have the ball in my hand, I think that in pick-and-rolls, I can do real damage.”
Sean Marks, the Brooklyn Nets general manager, told the media at the end of the season press conference, that all three of his rookies not only met expectations but exceeded them and credited Fein for the work he put in with them.
“From our standpoint, all three of them have met expectations and a lot of way exceeded expectations,” Marks said. “They know they have a plan this summer going forward, a development plan that hopefully will put them in a better position to succeed further. John - a got to give a lot of credit - embraced the role that he was given in Long Island. There was close ties obviously between Brooklyn and Long Island with Shaun Fein doing a heck of a job being the liaison between the two so clear in what we needed.”
Fein is a former professional basketball player. He played his first two college seasons with Stonehill College, a Division II program, and the final two years of college ball for Georgia Tech University. As a professional basketball player, he spent a total of 11 seasons in France, splitting time with nine clubs.
Forehan-Kelly was the assistant coach of the Long Island Nets, who came within one win of capturing the G League championship after a dramatic win in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Forehan-Kelly joined the LI Nets in 2017 after spending the prior season with Brooklyn as a video seasonal assistant on head coach Kenny Atkinson’s staff. Prior to joining the Nets, Forehan-Kelly played professionally for 13 years on teams in Japan, Venezuela, China, France and Italy, along with playing two seasons (2008-10) in the NBA G League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, now the South Bay Lakers. The Long Beach, Calif., native played four years (1998-2002) at the University of California, Berkeley, where he ranks sixth all-time in 3-point field goal percentage (.407).
The Nets now have two coaching spots left to fill. The Nets lost Chris Fleming to the Bulls and Pablo Prigioni to the Timberwolves in the off-season.