The Nets made a shocking transfer Thursday morning by hiring Steve Nash as their head coach, and whereas some followers had been excited by the announcement, others could not assist however really feel sorry for Jacque Vaughn.
Vaughn took over because the Nets’ coach proper earlier than the league shut down due to COVID-19 issues. He coached, and gained, two video games earlier than the postponed season. He then led the Nets to a 5-Three document within the bubble regardless of not having DeAndre Jordan (opt-out), Spencer Dinwiddie (opt-out), Taurean Prince (opt-out), Wilson Chandler (opt-out), Kevin Durant (damage) or Kyrie Irving (damage). He went Zero-Four in postseason play in a first-round collection towards the Raptors, however his bubble efficiency did sufficient to impress the entrance workplace.
He was thought of for the pinnacle teaching job, however will as a substitute stay lead assistant coach. He would be the highest-paid lead assistant coach within the league, in line with ESPN.
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“We’re thrilled to retain Jacque as a number one member of our teaching employees,” GM Sean Marks mentioned in a press release. “Jacque has been an integral a part of our program and a key contributor to the expansion and improvement of our complete group. His function in growing our gamers each on and off the court docket and his affect driving our tradition have been invaluable. Our gamers will profit from the continuity of Jacque’s presence, and we’re extraordinarily lucky to maintain him in our Nets household.”
ESPN’s report provides that Vaughn “made a powerful impression” on the entrance workplace and “would’ve been the Nets’ alternative had Nash been unconvinced of taking the job.”
In the meantime, Nash has no head teaching expertise. He was a part-time participant improvement marketing consultant for the Warriors.
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Nash’s lack of expertise mixed with Vaughn’s success led some NBA followers to query the transfer.
will say, Jacque Vaughn taking on, having what’s left of his crew play nicely within the bubble, then push TOR a bit in R1, solely to depart a “sturdy impression” and get handed over for somebody with … let’s say “restricted” teaching expertise has to depart a bitter style in his mouth.
— Karens In Paris (@NekiasNBA) September Three, 2020
what simply occurred to Jacque Vaughn occurs in company America jobs on a regular basis. Lose your job to somebody with much less expertise that’s much less certified however hey you possibly can assist practice them and we’ll throw you a bone. It by no means fails in terms of Black Coaches.
— 73-9 they usually LIED 🏁 (@CuffsTheLegend) September Three, 2020
Jacque Vaughn, the Nets interim coach, is the third Black coach to lose his job after his crew returned dwelling from the N.B.A. bubble at Walt Disney World. https://t.co/earFECg94u
— Shauntel Lowe (@shauntellowe) September Three, 2020
The blackest teaching pool in years:
Wes Unseld Jr
And Steve Nash received a job w/Zero expertise
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) September Three, 2020
Steve Nash may develop into a superb coach however solely white persons are allowed to get employed to educate two stars after they’re novelties. I seen that Jacque Vaughn, a man who has been grinding for years, was handed over for this.
— Massive Jay (@jaysonbuford) September Three, 2020
I really feel for Jacque Vaughn. He had that Nets crew taking part in exhausting. Misplaced mainly his complete roster within the bubble and nonetheless was aggressive. Why not give him a shot?
— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) September Three, 2020
Earlier this month, The Athletic additionally reported that Vaughn “impressed possession” with the job he did within the bubble. The report famous that “opposing coaches across the NBA” have additionally “expressed being impressed” with Vaughn.