Kiki Vandeweghe: This Is Your Mess

December 3rd, 2009 by Jared Zeidman Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Nets announced their new head coach yesterday, and apparently, the only person who appears to be concerned about it is their new head coach.

Firing your head coach and putting in the GM is basketball’s equivalent to starting a record label, firing your a-list talent, and asking your producer to start singing into the mic. It is a totally different task. Nets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe was introduced as the Nets’ head coach yesterday after getting President Rod Thorn’s vote of confidence. Kiki unfortunately, didn’t echo the same confidence. Citing coaching inexperience, Vandeweghe encouraged the Nets to grab former head coach Del Harris to help smooth the transition. Harris is now on board as an assistant, and Vandeweghe will lead the charge with Harris’ guidance (although when you are 0-18, it’s less of a charge and more of a limp).

Vandeweghe’s reluctance to coach the Nets surprised some. Vandeweghe after all was the man who helped turn around the Denver Nuggets, and was brought to the Nets to help transform another young team. This is his team. It’s his mess. Why would he not want to clean it up?

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