Can the Brooklyn Nets turn things around after Jacque Vaughn’s departure?

The Brooklyn Nets are trying to save their season, as they are currently outside the play-in spots heading into the final part of the regular season. In an effort to shake things up, the franchise parted ways with head coach Jacque Vaughn just a few days afte the blowout loss to the Boston Celtics (86-136).

This was the second-worst loss in frachise history for the Nets and their worst one since they became the Brooklyn Nets back in 2012. After the defeat, the organization made the decision to go to a different direction and parted ways with Jacque Vaughn, who took over in November 2022 and had a 64-65 overall record.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of the team going forward. Jacque has represented this organization with exemplary character and class for the past eight years,” Brooklyn Nets’ GM Sean Marks said, via NBA.com.

The Nets have won only once over their past six games and are 11th in the East with a 21-33 record. They trail the Atlanta Hawks (24-31) by two and a half games, and still have a chance to overcome them and reach the play-in tournament.

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Brooklyn Nets players were not in favor of Jacque Vaughn’s system

It appears that the Brooklyn Nets had a few internal issues to deal with amid a struggling season. The ups and downs raised doubts on Jacque Vaughn’s ability to lead the franchise to a deep playoff run.

Star players, like Spencer Dinwiddie and Mikal Bridges, were critical of Vaughn’s system, especially on offense. Bridges recently shared his frustrations on the matter, while Dinwiddie left the team and joined the LA Lakers.

“They felt like a lot of what Vaughn was running was being run improperly, without structure. Vaughn came into the year and said, ‘We’re gonna run a free-for-all offense.’ And the team, from what I gather, has been pretty bonded on the fact that developing a hierarchy was important,” Shams Charania of The Athletic said, via Sports Illustrated.

With Jacque Vaughn out and assistant Kevin Ollie taking over as interim coach, the Brooklyn Nets still believe they can turn things around and save the season. They will have to play consistently on both ends to achieve their target and will look to get back on track when they play the struggling Toronto Raptors (19-36) on Thursday.

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