With Jason Kidd leaving the Nets to take over as coach of the Bucks, Brooklyn will need to begin searching for its next head coach. The two favorites for the Brooklyn job are reportedly former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Ettore Messina, formerly of CSKA Moscow, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Source: 2 of leading candidates for Nets coach - Lionel Hollins and Ettore Messina, former coach of CSKA Moscow— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 30, 2014
Marc Stein of ESPN notes that Messina "has deep ties to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov." Before buying the Nets, Prokhorov owned CSKA Moscow, and Messina was linked to the Nets last summer before the team hired Kidd.
Stein also reports that the Nets will look at George Karl and Mark Jackson.
Lionel Hollins, George Karl and Mark Jackson also candidates in Brooklyn. And Messina ... who has deep ties to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2014
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Hollins is a "strong candidate" to take over the Nets job.
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