There are few issues extra Brooklyn than “Do The Proper Factor.” That’s precisely what the Nets did Wednesday, once they named Jacque Vaughn head coach — and nixed Ime Udoka.
That isn’t a assure or perhaps a prediction that Vaughn will information the Nets into the NBA Finals, the way in which Udoka did with the Celtics final season. However Udoka would’ve added extra drama to a workforce already extra dramatic than actuality TV.
“The Actual Housewives of Flatbush & Atlantic” couldn’t make up Kevin Durant telling the Nets to commerce him until Steve Nash and basic supervisor Sean Marks had been fired. Or Kyrie Irving’s string of controversies, the newest getting suspended for selling an anti-Semitic movie.
The Nets wanted a dose of sanity. They wanted some stability. And that’s Vaughn.
“You hit on it proper there: Discovering any person with some stability. That’s JV, a really secure, poised below strain gentleman,” mentioned Marks, who celebrated with a 112-85 rout of the rival Knicks on Wednesday evening. “That’s who he’s. He’s seen all of it.
“He is aware of all of us. There’s a relationship right here that he already has, whether or not it’s entrance workplace and workers and likewise the gamers. At this explicit time, to be sincere, we had been going to have to seek out any person higher than JV to ensure that it to not be JV.”
Let’s be clear: This isn’t a Boy Scout advantage badge. Vaughn is being employed to win video games. However doing it with out drama is sweet. Doing it with class is best. Doing it with out the form of sexual misconduct that received Udoka suspended is a should.
Jacque VaughnCharles Wenzelberg/New York Submit
“We received a variety of respect for him and we’re going to comply with his lead,” Ben Simmons mentioned.
Added Markieff Morris: “He’s a serious-type coach.”
Udoka was banned for a 12 months by the Celtics for an affair with a subordinate, sending undesirable and inappropriate texts, and a “quantity of violations.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s workplace was tight-lipped about any league enter, however Boston’s Jaylen Brown advised reporters after Wednesday’s Celtics recreation that the Irving drama doubtless stored the Nets from taking the chance on Udoka.
“The scenario right here in Boston was unlucky, however I believe with the Brooklyn Nets now they’ve received much more happening proper now, the Kyrie Irving scenario which everyone seems to be monitoring,” Brown mentioned. “So I believe that’s in all probability what hindered him from getting that spot.”
Whereas the Nets had been getting ready to hiring Udoka, workforce proprietor Joe Tsai heard involved voices from contained in the group, across the league and ladies’s teams. After all of the Nets’ discuss of tradition, hiring Udoka would’ve flown within the face of that — or proved it to be empty discuss.
As an alternative, the Nets did the precise factor.
“JV is greater than deserving of this,” Marks mentioned. “He’s proved it. [And] we factored in what we knew about JV and the particular person he’s.”
Marks has recognized what sort of particular person Vaughn is for some time.
Jacque Vaughn coaches the Nets in opposition to the Knicks on Wednesday.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Submit
Vaughn was a Spurs assistant when Marks arrived in San Antonio in 2011 as a basketball operations assistant. Vaughn took the Orlando head-coaching job the subsequent 12 months, and when he returned to San Antonio as a professional scout in 2015, Marks had risen to assistant GM.
The Nets additionally know all about Vaughn, who had been an assistant in Brooklyn since 2016. He went 7-3 as interim coach after Kenny Atkinson was fired in 2020, however didn’t get the job, which went to Nash.
“He did an unbelievable job within the interim,” Joe Harris mentioned. “However even previous to that, he coached us within the interim when Kenny was let go. So that is technically his first win … however he’s received rather a lot below his belt since he’s been right here.”
After going 2-2 within the first 4 video games of his interim encore, Vaughn lastly has the pinnacle job. And he confirmed it off in type earlier than a sellout crowd of 18,156.
“I suppose I used to be the write-in candidate within the minds of the elections proper now,” Vaughn mentioned. “However I’m OK with that. I mentioned to my spouse: I may not have been her first selection and we’ve been collectively 20 years, so it will probably all work out.”
Ime Udoka teaching the Celtics throughout 2022 NBA playoffs.AP
Figuring out is relative. Solely two coaches in NBA historical past — Tim Floyd and Sidney Lowe — who’ve coached as many video games as Vaughn have a worse successful share. However in his final head-coaching stint, a decade in the past in Orlando, he was inexperienced and his workforce was talent-poor. His grey beard and Durant’s presence present neither is the case now.
He took over a workforce that was 2-5 due to being next-to-last in defensive score. In his first 4 video games as interim coach, they had been third-best. They hope his head-coaching stint is extra of the identical.
“He’s inspiring. He’s received me excited,” Nic Claxton advised The Submit. “He’s gonna do an important job main us.”
If he does, it’ll present the Nets did the precise factor.