L’Equipe, the French equivalent of ESPN, reports that the Nets have added yet another piece to their coaching staff. Lance Harris, a recently retired European professional player, is headed to Brooklyn, says L’Equipe.
Lance Harris has never been drafted, has never played in the NBA, but the American winger (6’7”, 36 years old) will discover the big league next season on the staff of the Brooklyn Nets. The former French Championship player was hired by the Brooklyn franchise as an assistant coach responsible for player development.
It’s possible that Harris has been hired as a player development assistant rather than an assistant coach. Amar’e Stoudemire is officially a player development assistant.
The Nets of course have dramatically expanded their coaching staff since Steve Nash was hired in September. Brooklyn retained Jacque Vaughn as lead assistant as well as three other holdovers Adam Harrington, Jordan Ott and Tiago Splitter. They hired Mike D’Antoni Ime Udoka and Royal Ivey as assistant coaches as well as adding Stoudemire. Ryan Forehan-Kelly, who was a player development assistant under Kenny Atkinson, is now player development coordinator.
The Nets lost two members of their staff earlier this week. Shaun Fein, who had been head coach of the Long Island Nets, and Beau Levesque, who had been a player development assistant, have joined Atkinson on the Clippers coaching staff.
Harris most recently played in Slovenia. He’s also played in Montenegro, Greece, Bosnia, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey as well as France. He won the French national championship in 2017 with Chalon. Harris, a Missouri native, played collegiate ball at Kansas State.
The Nets did not respond when asked for confirmation of the hire.