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Look closely at the picture of the Nets coaching staff and you'll see Gregg Popovich's face emerge. Of the six, Avery Johnson and his five assistants, four worked or played for Popovich in San Antonio, including the newest, Patrick Spurgin.
The Nets have announced that the long-rumored hirings of Mario Elie and P.J. Carlesimo are official.
Al Iannazzone reports that the Nets have indeed hired both Mario Elie and P.J. Carlesimo, and in fact Elie showed up this morning at the PNY Center. Billy King wouldn't confirm the two had been hiring, saying there will be an announcement once deals are struck.
Al Iannazzone tweets that before the Nets delve into free agency or trades, they will hire two assistants, Mario Elie, lead assistant of the Kings, and P.J. Carlesimo, who had the same role with the Raptors. Both New York natives, the two have long been rumored as Avery Johnson's choices.
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The Nets have two openings along the bench and David Aldridge reports that Mario Elie, a teammate of Avery Johnson''s on the 1999 Spurs title team, may fill one of them. The Nets may also look at Keith Smart, the former Warriors coach. Moreover, Aldridge reports Sam Mitchell may not return to the Nets bench.
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Antoine Wright shouldn't have sat for an interview with Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. He's trying for an NBA comeback, but by the end of the Amick article, he leaves little to recommend himself. Beyond bizarre complaints that Mario Elie got him dumped by the Kings, he speaks about how he didn't try very hard with the Nets.