It’s been said that superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will have a lot of say in who the Nets hire as their next head coach, and now we know who one of those guys may be leaning toward.
The NBA is a superstar-driven league, but some organizations cater to the requests of their players more than others. Take a look at the Spurs, for example, as they’re a world-class organization built on structure, with their front office calling the shots — not the players.
On the other side of the fence, the Cavs really let LeBron James run the show — both times. There were certain points where he resembled a player, general manager and head coach. It appears the Nets may be following that model to some extent, giving a lot of power to Durant and Irving, as they look to hire a new head coach.
And, as it relates to Durant, the most recent rumors circulating suggest he’s advocating for the team to sign Mark Jackson as head coach going forward, according to a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“If you’re paying close attention to social media. Rich Kleiman, who is Kevin Durant’s business partner and is very influential, has been Tweeting about Mark Jackson recently,” Windhorst said. “He hasn’t tweeted, ‘I want Mark Jackson to coach the Nets’, but there was a story in the New York Post just this last week where it was posited about Mark Jackson or Jason Kidd, who obviously was with the Nets before and left after one year. You know, pretty much said he liked the idea. It is known that Mark Jackson and Kevin Durant have a good relationship.”
There are a number of intriguing candidates in the mix for the job, and Jackson does happen to be one of the more high-profile ones, especially if Tom Thibodeau lands with the Knicks.