Vandeweghe Next Coach

Vandeweghe Next Coach

By: NBASCOUT / Special to

While it hasn\’t been formally announced, multiple reports are now circulating that GM Kiki Vandeweghe is set to coach the Nets along with top assistant Del Harris and an announcement could come as early as Tuesday. If so, that would be a welcome move.*

Kiki knows Del well from his days with Dallas and Del has served as a mentor to another Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro.

If this all comes to fruition, my only question now is whether the Nets can snag Mike Fratello as another Assistant? He\’s a great defensive coach. But, hey why be greedy? Kiki is a great choice and I expect him to do extremely well.

UPDATE – It\’s official! The Nets just named Kiki Vandeweghe the Interim Head Coach. He retains his position as GM of the Nets as well. No mention of Del Harris as his assistant so far. Text of the Press Release Below:

The New Jersey Nets have named General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe interim head coach, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today. “Kiki has a broad range of NBA experience, which includes his 13-year career as an All-Star caliber player and then as a coach and front office executive,” said Thorn. “We feel that he is the right person at this juncture to help in continuing to develop our young players and achieve our overall objectives for the remainder of this season.” Vandeweghe has served as the team’s general manager since May, 2008 following a stint as special assistant to Nets President Rod Thorn, a position he assumed on December 31, 2007. As general manager, Vandeweghe was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the basketball team, working extensively with Thorn on the development of the team’s roster, as well as being a key figure in evaluating both professional and amateur players competing in the U.S. as well as internationally.

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