Nets drop interim tag, hire Vaughn as head coach
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NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets officially named Jacque Vaughn head coach on Wednesday.
Vaughn’s promotion comes with a deal through the 2023-24 season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vaughn had been serving as interim head coach since replacing former coach Steve Nash on Nov. 1.
“Jacque’s basketball acumen, competitiveness and intimate knowledge of our team and organization make him the clear-cut best person to lead our group moving forward,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “He has a proven ability to get the best out of our players, hold them accountable and play a cohesive, team-first style of basketball.”
Vaughn, who served as the team’s head coach for 10 regular-season games during the 2019-20 season, was in the middle of his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Nets.
“JV is a great coach,” Nets guard Joe Harris said before Wednesday’s announcement. Having played in the NBA for a while, been a coach in the league for a while, having experience as a head coach, having a lot of experience now as an assistant, he’s seen a lot, had a lot of different experiences, he’s kind of fine-tuned what his approach is.
“He really just simplifies the game, I said that when we were in the bubble, same thing, but he makes sure that everybody is fully aware of what’s going on. He’s the type of coach we go through a scout [report] — there’s going to be a lot of transparency and dialogue. It’s not just him speaking hoping everybody understands. It’s a collective thing where he makes sure that everybody fully is aware of what’s going on and understanding what’s happening.”
Vaughn’s promotion comes as a surprise given that many inside the league — and some within the organization — thought that suspended Boston Celtics coach, and former Nets assistant, Ime Udoka would take over for Nash.
Vaughn previously served as the head coach for the Orlando Magic for two-plus seasons from 2012-15.
The Nets are 2-2 since Vaughn stepped into the interim role. His first game as the head coach will be tonight at home against the New York Knicks.
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