Could former Oklahoma basketball coach Kelvin Sampson wind up coaching the New Jersey Nets?
NBA — An assistant with the Houston Rockets the past two seasons, Kelvin Sampson once again is being sized up by an NBA team.
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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is Russian, but is quite familiar with how the NBA coaching carousel rotates whenever a job opens.
P.J. Carlesimo, who lasted the first 13 games of the Oklahoma City Thunder's existence, will serve as Nets interim coach for an undetermined length of time after the firing of Avery Johnson last Thursday. Carlesimo could serve until the end of the season, the end of this week or the end of the day.
“P.J. is the head coach and we have an amount of trust with him,” Prokhorov said. “Now P.J. is the head coach and if it becomes necessary, you know who the usual suspects are.”
Bovada.lv has posted odds on who will be the next full-time coach of the Brooklyn Nets:
11/4: Kelvin Sampson — Former Sooners coach has gotten noticed quickly in the NBA.
3/1: Phil Jackson — Will Nets pay what it takes for the man with 11 NBA championships?
4/1: Jeff Van Gundy — Prokhorov sure would stir the pot by hiring a former Knicks coach.
4/1: Larry Brown — Legendary coach has been at SMU half a season; the over-under was 1.
5/1: Mike Dunleavy — Tweeted he'd love to coach the Nets, but does he have many followers?
6/1: Nate McMillan — Should leave Pacific Northwest to see if job security is better out East.
9/1: P.J. Carlesimo — Original Thunder coach gets first crack at the job, but for how long?
12/1: Jerry Sloan — Sloan and Williams reuniting in Brooklyn makes absolutely no sense.
TNT analyst Charles Barkley on Nets point guard Deron Williams: “He's got the reputation of getting coaches fired. Whatever happened in Utah (where coach Jerry Sloan resigned), it happened. Whatever happened in Brooklyn, it happened. This is all on Deron Williams right now. It's time to put up or shut up.”
TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal on Williams: “Sometimes before great players point fingers, they should look in the mirror. This is the first time I've heard the guy with the ball at all times say that he doesn't like the offense. My advice is for him to look in the mirror and see if he's doing enough.”
LeBron James (@KingJames): Avery got fired? He was just coach of the month wasn't he? That's like a player get Player of the Month then gets traded the next month.
Damien Woody (@damienwoody): Not Avery Johnson! D-Will got another one huh.
Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein): Deron Williams is really talented. But I'd be scared to coach him.
Will Beekman (@WillBeekman): Deron Williams will play versus Charlotte tonight, despite injuring his wrist while throwing Avery Johnson under the bus.
Insider_Sports (@Insider_Sports): Avery Johnson whacked in Brooklyn style.
Avery Johnson Jr. (@itsaveryjohnson): I'm sorry are best players couldn't make open shots. Yeah that's my dads fault totally...
Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks): The lesson here is obvious: never sign up to coach for a Russian billionaire.
Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP): You can take the Nets out of New Jersey, but you can't take the Nets out of the Nets.
Mo Williams (@mowilliams): Avery Johnson is a good coach tweeps. That caught everybody by surprise. We was like wooooooow!!!!! in practice.
Reggie Evans (@ReggieEvans30): Avery Johnson is a first class Coach and First class Person, I learned a lot from him! Wishing him and his family nothing but the best