After falling behind Nate Robinson and the injury-depleted Chicago Bulls 3-1, the Brooklyn Nets season was on the verge of extinction. The Nets won game five at home, then won game six on the road, and were favorites to win game seven at Barclays Center on Saturday. Unfortunately for Nets fans, Joakim Noah dominated the game, and the Bulls amassed a 17-point first half lead that the Nets were not able to overcome.
So instead of playing the Miami Heat right now, Deron Williams and the Nets are on vacation, and do not have a head coach, after P.J. Carlesimo joined Avery Johnson as a former Nets coach. General Manager Billy King will have the not-so-envious task of finding a head coach for the team, and though you may hear some big names rumored, I’d expect them to go with someone less glamorous.
With emerging All-Star Center Brook Lopez and former all-stars Williams, Joe Johnson (who had an awful game 7 with 2-14 shooting), and Gerald Wallace (who had a spirited game 7 with 19 points and 5 assists), the roster is essentially set unless the Nets execute a big trade with one of their stars. With that being said, I would love to see someone like Brian Shaw, who is a pupil of Phil Jackson, rumored to be at the top of the wish list for the Nets, get the job. Shaw would most likely bring the Triangle Offense made famous under Jackson, to the Nets, which would be a good fit because of their core.
Though it was a disappointing end to the season, the first year in Brooklyn was successful on and off the court. With the right coach, and right complimentary pieces around the team’s core, the Nets could be even better next season and compete for the Atlantic Division crown. The Nets have come a long way from New Jersey.