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The Nets have been pressured into staying away from Ime Udoka earlier than hiring Jacque Vaughn

When the Brooklyn Nets fired Steve Nash earlier this month, the franchise already appeared to have its subsequent head coach picked out. Ime Udoka — the suspended Celtics coach banished from the group for a 12 months after an affair with a workforce worker — was reportedly set to be employed by Brooklyn as Nash’s substitute.

Not anymore. Voices across the NBA reportedly pressured the Nets and proprietor Joe Tsai to go in one other route at head coach with the Nets already embroiled within the Kyrie Irving antisemitism controversy. On Wednesday, the Nets made it official: former assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, and never Ime Udoka, would be the franchise’s head coach the remainder of the season. Vaughn had been the workforce’s interim coach since Nash was let go.

Vaughn will reportedly be the top coach for subsequent season, too.

We all know a couple of issues concerning the Nets’ curiosity in Udoka. The suspended Celtics coach was who each Kevin Durant and GM Sean Marks wished to interchange Nash in Brooklyn, in response to long-time NBA insider Marc Stein. Hours after Nash was fired, Udoka was set to be employed by the Nets as their new head coach, in response to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Because the Irving controversy continued to swirl across the franchise, “robust voices” contained in the league pushed the Nets to rent anybody else however Udoka.

Now Vaughn would be the Nets’ head coach for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season.

The small print round Udoka’s suspension stay a bit mysterious. Udoka has but to inform his aspect of the story about his actions past a 3 sentence assertion shortly after the information dropped. We all know he had an affair with at the least one girl on the Boston Celtics’ workers. The Celtics mentioned Udoka violated the workforce’s code of conduct a number of occasions. The closest we acquired to actual particulars of what occurred was this bit from Charania:

Some members of the Celtics group first turned conscious of the connection in July, sources mentioned. At the moment, workforce management was led to imagine by each events that the connection was consensual. However sources mentioned that the girl not too long ago accused Udoka of creating undesirable feedback towards her — main the workforce to launch a set of inner interviews.

It’s attainable the Nets did extra digging into what actually occurred with Udoka, and determined they didn’t want extra unhealthy PR. It’s attainable Adam Silver or another high-ranking league official informed the Nets they shouldn’t (or couldn’t?) rent Udoka whereas he was within the midst of a intercourse scandal because the workforce was nonetheless coping with the fallout from Irving sharing antisemitic propaganda on social media.

Charania has extra particulars of why the Nets moved off from Udoka:

The Nets modified course from their preliminary plan to rent Udoka as a consequence of a number of elements, a number of sources with direct data of the decision-making informed The Athletic. These elements embody an investigation and due diligence course of by the Nets into the suspended coach taking longer than initially anticipated, the outcry after phrase of their plan turned identified to individuals inside and outside the group and the short- and long-term query marks across the workforce’s potential to contend within the Jap Convention on account of the indefinite suspension of Irving.

If the league did affect the Nets’ determination to not rent Udoka, this isn’t the primary time it has allegedly mettled in a workforce’s enterprise. The NBA reportedly helped push out Sam Hinkie and insert the Colangelos for the Philadelphia 76ers when the workforce’s apparent tanking turned a black eye for skilled basketball.

Both approach, the Nets’ obvious determination to rent Udoka was extremely daring and controversial. It appeared too ridiculous to be true when the information first broke, on condition that they have been already coping with the Irving state of affairs. Now we all know Udoka received’t be the Nets’ head coach this season in any case.

Brooklyn is 2-2 below Vaughn since firing Nash.



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