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Report: Mark Jackson's name has come up with Nets to replace Kidd

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Mark Jackson might be the guy to calm down all of this Nets' coaching drama.
Mark Jackson might be the guy to calm down all of this Nets' coaching drama. (USATSI)

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In the calm before the free agency storm, the Brooklyn Nets unexpectedly kicked up some drama on the 2014 NBA offseason when Jason Kidd made a power play to get personnel control. In addition to his coaching duties, Kidd wanted to call the shots, not just have a voice, when it came to roster reconstruction. The fallout is him potentially assuming this position with the Milwaukee Bucks and he may become the coach in Milwaukee. That would mean the Nets need to replace their coach one year after hiring Kidd.

Former Golden State Warriors' coach Mark Jackson could be that replacement. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Jackson's name has been circulating internally as a replacement for Kidd on the sidelines. After going through drama of his own during his removal from the Warriors' organization, Jackson would have a chance to coach a good, veteran squad in a much easier conference.

Sources told ESPN.com on Saturday night that the name of former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has come up internally as a potential candidate to replace Kidd if he indeed leaves the Nets. Jackson was ousted by the Warriors in May after his own flap with ownership, and he famously defended Kidd's decision to demote highly paid lead assistant Lawrence Frank.

Jackson currently is an NBA analyst for ESPN.

In addition, NBA coaching sources say the Nets are interested in veterans Lionel Hollins and George Karl, another ESPN analyst.

Jackson butted heads with Warriors' owner Joe Lacob and other various members of the higher-ups in Oakland before eventually being fired from the position. He had just coached the Warriors to two straight playoff appearances, but ownership felt his voice in the organization wasn't enough to overcome failed expectations of competing for a title. While those expectations were probably premature, it helped lead to his firing and the hiring of Steve Kerr.

Replacing Kidd in Brooklyn wouldn't be such a hard task. Kidd struggled early in the season before adjusting to an advantageous small ball lineup once Brook Lopez was lost for the season with a foot injury. The Nets made the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 when Kidd was the point guard of that team. But him trying to get the power of a Doc Rivers or Gregg Popovich was not a move to make so early into his coaching career. The Nets rebuked his requests and now we don't know who will coach the Nets next season.

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