Kevin Ollie appointed interim head coach for Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Ollie, a former NBA player who coached UConn to a national title, is set to take over as the interim head coach in Brooklyn, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ollie will replace Jacque Vaughn, who was recently fired. The former coach will have his first practice on Tuesday and his first game on Thursday against the Raptors. Ollie was one of the contenders to become head coach of the Pistons last summer but lost out to Monty Williams due to a big-money offer.

Ollie later joined Vaughn’s staff in Brooklyn after coaching at UConn and Overtime Elite. However, it is unclear whether Ollie will be considered for the head coach job beyond this season. There is speculation that Nets GM Sean Marks may prefer a more experienced coach from the Gregg Popovich coaching tree, such as Mike Budenholzer or James Borrego.

Ollie’s task will be to turn things around for the Nets, who started the season 15-15 but have gone 6-18 since. It remains to be seen whether Vaughn was able to get the most out of his players, given that his second-best player was either Cam Thomas or Nic Claxton.

The Nets aim to rebuild around Mikal Bridges, but to do so, they need to win enough games to attract potential free agents. Marks and the team owners know that making the postseason is crucial for this purpose. However, Vaughn’s losing record and alleged disagreements with key players led to his dismissal.

Ollie takes over a Nets team currently sitting at 11th in the East. If he wants to keep the job, he will need to get wins and lead the team to the playoffs. This is what Vaughn did when he took over from Steve Nash as head coach. However, even this may not be enough to secure Ollie’s future with the team.

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