Expectations are low for the Brooklyn Nets as the 2019-20 season winds to a close. Having parted ways with head coach Kenny Atkinson over the weekend, it isn’t likely that they’ll go far in the playoffs – or make them at all. But next season is when the Nets are expected to have megastar Kevin Durant back, and the Nets could make a run at a blockbuster candidate to coach the KD-led team.
On Monday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith identified three candidates to be the Nets head coach. The first two were Ty Lue and Mark Jackson, both former head coaches with playoff experience.
But the third was one that drew a gasp from co-host Max Kellerman. Stephen A. named San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as a target for the Nets.
When Kellerman asked for an explanation, Stephen A. explained that Nets GM Sean Marks could give Popovich a strong sales pitch to leave San Antonio and come to Brooklyn.
According to @stephenasmith, there are only three candidates to fill the head coaching job with the Brooklyn Nets …
… one of them is Gregg Popovich. pic.twitter.com/yc6jUkg6zS
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 9, 2020
While Stephen A. stopped short of saying it would happen or that it’s even rumored to happen, he did point to the connection between Marks and Popovich.
Marks is a former Spurs assistant, and was a part of San Antonio’s 2005 NBA championship team.
With KD set to play, Kyrie to recover, and various young studs, the Nets would be an appealing job for almost any coach.
But getting Gregg Popovich to leave San Antonio for Brooklyn might be a greater coup than signing KD and Kyrie.