A win last night couldn't keep Steve Nash's job. The Brooklyn Nets have fired Nash after a 2-5 start. Jacque Vaughn will serve as their interim head coach, but all eyes will be on their pursuit of suspended Celtics head coach Ime Udoka.
If I'm reading the situation correctly, the Celtics won't ask for anything back from the Nets if they decide to hire Udoka. Nash was looking like he might win a championship in his first season as head coach, but then injuries struck in the playoffs in 2020. Then last season they were supposed to be a favorite again, but they played the first half of the season (and the majority of their games) without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving who refused to get vaccinated and James Harden pulled his disinterested routine and wanting a trade move.
Harden was traded to the 76ers for Ben Simmons who ended up not playing a game for Brooklyn last year. Simmons returned to action this season, but still appears to be suffering for the mental issue he had at the end of his Philadelphia tenure.
Udoka served as an assistant coach for the Nets during Nash's first season (the one that they were really good). I'm quite confident that Durant and Irving will push for Udoka to get hired. Irving is not the most popular guy in Brooklyn right now, so his opinion won't matter much, but Durant's will.
Looks like the Nets and Udoka are already talking contract.
Ime Udoka has emerged as a strong frontrunner to be the next Brooklyn Nets head coach and the sides have begun discussions, sources tell @TheAthletic@Stadium. Nets are in the midst of their search process and are continuing to do due diligence.
Brooklyn is in advanced discussions with Ime Udoka to take over as head coach, sources told @SInow. The Nets have been vetting Udoka the last few days. Boston, which suspended Udoka in September, is expected to allow Udoka to leave.