After Avery Johnson was fired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, a very lucrative coaching position was all of a sudden left vacant in the NBA. Retired head coach, Phil Jackson has been rumored to be the number one candidate for Mikhail Prokhorov (owner) and Billy King (GM), but Jackson may not be as interested in them as they are in him.
There are reports that the Nets are strongly considering Jeff Van Gundy. Van Gundy is a fan favorite of New York City and the Brooklyn community would equally receive him just as well. Van Gundy, however, prefers to wait before he considers the job since the Nets have temporarily filled the vacancy with interim coach, P.J. Carlesimo.
"I would never comment on a job that was filled," Van Gundy said. "I was an interim coach. I hope P.J. has great success there. He's someone I respect greatly."
Van Gundy’s sensitivity towards P.J. stems from his own interim coaching days where Phil Jackson was being courted and interviewed by the Knicks while he was their interim coach.
As for now Prokhorov has said that, "P.J. is the head coach and we have an amount of trust with him...and if it become necessary, you know who the usual suspects are."
The usual suspects, however, may not be interested with the Nets until the offseason when a new coach can start from scratch with a training camp.