Following two-plus years as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Nash has been fired. The decision was mutual, according to multiple reports. Jacque Vaughn will act as interim head coach for Brooklyn in its Tuesday matchup with the Chicago Bulls. Vaughn previously served as interim head coach for the Nets in 2019-20 after they fired Kenny Atkinson. From 2012-13 to 2014-15, he was head coach of the Orlando Magic for 2.5 seasons. He’s been a member of Brooklyn’s coaching staff since 2016-17.
During his tenure with the Nets, Nash amassed a 94-67 record, including a 2-5 start to 2022-23. Brooklyn made the playoffs in each of his two full seasons and defeated the Boston Celtics 4-1 in 2021 for its lone series win under Nash.
Throughout Nash’s time as head coach, the Nets endured waves of turmoil, from James Harden’s arrival, trade request and eventual departure to Kevin Durant’s trade request to Kyrie Irving’s numerous off-court controversies. Irving refused to comply with New York City’s now-defunct vaccine mandate last season, which sidelined him for most of the year, and promoted an antisemitic film on social media last week.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Brooklyn will “inquire” about Quin Snyder and Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, who is suspended for the entirety of 2022-23. Boston would allow Udoka to depart for another job if the opportunity arose, Wojnarowski tweeted.
Jacque Vaughn is the acting head coach tonight but expect the Nets to inquire with suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka, Quin Snyder, among others. Boston will let Udoka leave for another job.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 1, 2022
According to both Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Nets are close to finalizing a deal with Udoka to become their next head coach. Back in September, he was suspended for the entire season, due to an improper relationship with a female subordinate in the Celtics organization and making unwanted comments toward said woman.
Suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka has emerged as the likely next Brooklyn Nets head coach and his hiring could be finalized as soon as the next 24-to-48 hours, sources tell ESPN. Celtics will let him leave for another job.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 1, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets plan to hire Ime Udoka as their new head coach, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Boston granted the Nets permission to speak to Udoka and will allow him to leave freely, sources said. https://t.co/lFeHY8hUiS— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 1, 2022