The Brooklyn Nets have bypassed controversial coach, Ime Udoka and instead signed Jacque Vaughn to become the team’s official head coach after Vaughn had been acting as interim for the past four games.
It was reported recently by Mark Stein that ‘Strong Voices’ had been urging Nets owner, Joe Tsai to ‘back off’ from hiring Ime Udoka as the Nets head coach. This view is unsurprising as the Nets are currently involved in a lot of drama already, following Kyrie Irving’s tweet promoting an antisemitic video. Udoka was recently suspended by the Boston Celtics because of “a volume of violations” after breaking the Celtic’s code of conduct so signing Udoka would be very controversial and most probably spark up more questions about the Nets organization.
Nets general manager Sean Marks stated that “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.” and that “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.”
From 2012-2015 Vaughn served two-plus seasons as the Orlando Magic head coach and in 2019-20 served as the Nets head coach for 10 regular-season games. It is safe to say that Vaughn has some sort of experience as a head coach within the NBA.
Vaughn’s first game as Nets head coach will take place tonight at 7:30 PM ET in the Barclays Center where the Nets will take on the New York Knicks.