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Report: Mark Jackson among those being considered to replace Jason Kidd as Nets head coach

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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson points during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans. Jackson has been joking about “getting my Pop on” late this season. The reference to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has famously _ and often successfully _ rested his regulars during the NBA’s marathon season is a new concept to the Warriors, who are trying to give some starters breaks and still collect wins during the playoff push. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)


The Nets are reportedly done with Jason Kidd, after he unsuccessfully tried to gain more power within the organization and has a more executive gig lined up with the Milwaukee Bucks.

That means Kidd will need to be replaced as head coach, and rather than go with a first-timer once again, Brooklyn appears to be considering candidates with far more experience.

From Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk of

Sources told 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. ...

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

Jackson would be an interesting choice, considering the fact that he didn’t exactly leave the Warriors under the most favorable of circumstances. He was successful on the sidelines as a coach, but a rocky relationship with management and ownership ultimately caused the team to go in another direction.

Hollins similarly clashed with management in his last position, and was let go after leading the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals in what was the most successful season in franchise history.

Karl was axed in Denver after having a difference of opinion on how he should be distributing minutes, among other things, and didn’t want to enter the final year of his contract without getting an extension -- one that was earned, frankly, but that management was hesitant to give.

There are no easy choices here for the Nets. These candidates are all fine head coaches, but come with their own set of relative baggage -- probably not as much as there was with Kidd, but enough to be cautious nonetheless.