and welcome back to SportsCastr news were, as always, I am Adam Arm Breck talking all things N b a.
Come to you on the July 4th weekend saying Happy Holidays.
Everybody out there hope you being safe among friends and family in small groups, wherever you may be, as supposedly, the sunshine will come out today, so we're looking forward to that.
But in the meantime, ahead of the bubbles starting in a few weeks down in Orlando, the continued speculation around the Brooklyn Nets and what their coaching situation will look like going into the 2020 21 season continues to abound.
Recently, we heard about how, ah, the two superstars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have been brutally honest about their expectations around the coaching hire.
Now, as we look towards that restart down in Orlando, as teams report on the ninth through the 11th we know that the Brooklyn Nets are going to be going down there a little bit light under.
I guess what you would call interim head coach Jacques Vaughn.
They will, of course, be with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
In addition, Wilson Chandler opted out, citing some health concerns there.
You also had DeAndre Jordan test positive and pull out of joining the team in the Orlando bubble.
Along with Spencer Dinwiddie, who has tested positive, though at this point has not opted out of playing in Orlando.
He's going to be obviously self quarantining over the next couple of weeks and then seeing how he feels as you approach what will be a very small window to get down there, get in some reps with his teammates and get going for the eight game restart.
However, recently, there's been a couple of interesting things right now over on Twitter.
It's pretty lit up around this idea of Ah Popovich possibly making his way to the Brooklyn Nets.
This, though, has been a little bit in tandem with the Bradley Beal making his way to the Brooklyn Nets.
Now on the surface, I will say I love Gregg Popovich, who doesn't.
I would love to see him coach the Brooklyn Nets, but on the other side of it, this is a man that has built in obviously substantial legacy with the San Antonio Spurs, and I just don't envision necessarily him stepping away from that in pursuit of another championship.
Do I think he wants to win more championships? Yes.
Do I think not winning any more championships will detriment his legacy in any way? No.
And in some ways, I think a legacy unto itself is having.
It had the longevity at the head coaching position that he has had with the San Antonio Spurs.
On the other side of it, the Bradley Beal chatter is obviously something that we've talked about a lot here on SportsCastr.
But even though he's an incredible offensive talent, that's an area of the team.
I don't think the Nets necessarily need.
Combine that with the fact that even if a move like that's going to get made, it probably isn't gonna happen until the trade deadline next season, where, potentially, the Wizards will be in a position to leverage the value of a Bradley Beal for a championship contending team and get the most four with in return.
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The other factor here that's curious when you think about the head coaching job.
It also has been said that it looks like at least on the surface, that Jacque Vaughn is in line to be the most likely head coach heading into the next season.
We recently covered this on the we got nits podcast.
A lot of factors involved here.
You have to realize that one is going to be a relatively short off season this year when you fire things back up at the beginning of December.
Now the Nets, assuming they don't make it out of the first round, could find themselves wrapped up by 1st 2 weeks of July 30th.
Things kick off.
So by mid August, the eight game restart will be done and then you'll hit the playoffs.
So by the end of August, you're gonna theoretically be done.
If you're the Brooklyn Nets, that means that you would have September October November 2, possibly look into other coaching candidates.
Couple. But it's still want to be a good amount of time.
And the other factors here are a lot of the candidates that have been linked to the Brooklyn Nets.
Whether it's Ty Lue, an assistant coach for the Clippers, expected to make a deep playoff run, the Houston Rockets Mike D'Antoni probably expected to make it out of the first round, at least, Ah, and then you think about some other names that maybe haven't been as highly touted.
But all these guys are a part of other N B A teams right now, so you're gonna have to play the waiting game for that.
On top of which, I think that right now, even in spite of the fact that you're missing a lot of the key players on this roster, Jacque Vaughn can move the needle for himself.
If you can come out here, look very competitive over that eight game restart, make sure that you lock up the playoff spot because it isn't necessarily a foregone conclusion now that you're going tohave a depleted roster.
And if you can, let's say matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
Or maybe it shuffles, which would be a little bit of a stretch.
But even the Boston Celtics, Or if you were to fall to the A seed and had to take on the Milwaukee Bucks if you can steal a game in that first round, or at least play those opponents tight, enforcing the have toe work every single game, however many games this series goes, that's going to be enough to me, I think, to build confidence within the organization and from afar builds confidence for Kyrie, Irving and Kevin Durant.
On top of which, even though Kenny actions, UH, don't you do have to realize that Jacque Vaughn was there and he came over? He has the added benefit of knowing what didn't work for Kenny Atkinson.
Not just what didn't work from a nexus, no standpoint, but what didn't work from Cairo's perspective.
What didn't work from Kevin Durant's perspective so he can go ahead and try to adjust his style of coaching to not on Lee benefit the team right now but also appeal to Kyrie and Cady going into next season.
Beyond that, to Sean Marks knows what he has in Jacque Vaughn.
So it's not like there's a lot of mystery around this head coach.
And to some extent, the known versus the unknown is something that you have to take into account if the Nets were to make a coaching change at some point.
While I wouldn't love it happening in season, you can also start next year.
Probably take the 1st 15 to even 20 games of the season to see where K D is to see where Tyree is to see how these pieces fit if you make any moves in the off season.
And if for any reason, the superstars or Sean Marks in the organization aren't satisfied with what Jacque Vaughn is doing, you can always pull the plug on it and around the 15 to 20 game mark, and then you're still gonna leave another 60 games or so for the new head coach to come in, implement a system, get everybody on the same page and in an Eastern Conference, where, as we look at it right now, this restart is going to feature 1/9 seed at 24 40.
The eighth seed Magic are sitting there at 30 and 35 even the Brooklyn Nets are 30 and 34 now.
The 70 Sixers at 16 39 and 26 obviously competitive, but the bottom line is, is even if you wanted to take the next season and not be, is worried about win totals and just say, Listen, if we go into the playoffs at, say, 44 and 38 right, fine, that's what we're worried about will match up with whatever team we need to in that first round because we feel confident in the Kevin Durant Kyrie Irving Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, caress liver, Jared Allen, DeAndre, Jordan All these guys are We have confidence in the roster, so we're not gonna be is worried about where we go into the playoffs.
It's just about getting in there and then letting our superstars goto work.
So from that standpoint, you can always make that switch at some point.
But I think what you get in Giacalone is continuity with these with the young core that's been here over the last handful years prior to bring in the superstars.
And if you can maintain him through this run into the brief off season and then to the start of next year season, you're gonna have a very nice transition where it feels like you have those cornerstones like we talked about Brooklyn so much, making all the right moves, making the right steps.
I'm not saying I was a fan of it when they like Kenny go, but as you pull back, I can. I highlighted.
We do this during the season, some of the areas that you have concerns certainly around some of his coaching decisions so late game opportunities and then ultimately, the direction of the franchise, where the organization want him to go from a coaching perspective.
And if he was unwilling to find the middle ground there, so be it.
And if you're unwilling to understand that when Kyrie and Katie come in, it is going to be about finding out how you're going to please them from a coaching standpoint while still being productive and bringing along some of the other town.
All we can do is wait and see.
Once this restart gets going, all eyes will be on Jacque Vaughn and what he's able to do with a limited roster over eight games and potentially at the very least four more in the first round of the playoffs.
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