Nets Officially Announce Coaching Staff Additions

Updated: June 28, 2013

It’s all coming together folks.

The Brooklyn Nets announced today the signings of their coaching staff that will help guide head coach Jason Kidd in his first year in Brooklyn.

These assistant coaches will be more indispensable than most assistants in the NBA as Kidd is going into this situation blind from a coaching standpoint.  The key acquisition is Lawrence Frank whom Kidd has an outstanding relationship with as he coached Kidd with the New Jersey Nets and they won many games together.

Frank will be able to help transition Kidd to the nuances of being a head coach and will help alleviate some of the minutiae that hinders first time coaches.

Roy Rogers is a quality “big man”coach and was very sought after for his services this offseason after he was let go when Frank was fired as the coach of the Detroit Pistons.  Rogers was ready to sign a deal with the Phoenix Suns prior to Kidd being hired as Nets coach and was able to maneuver his way out to sign on with Brooklyn.

This hire is a big one as no one will benefit more than Brook Lopez as Lopez had his best rebounding seasons as a pro under Rogers tutelage.  Lopez averaged over eight rebounds a game in the 2008-2010 seasons.

The hiring of Eric Hughes is intriguing as he also is a well respected assistant in the NBA that has paid his dues and has a prior relationship with Kidd from his days at California.

Doug Overton has been a solid addition to the Nets since he started with them six years ago and the players enjoy his coaching attributes.

[quote_simple]BROOKLYN—The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with Lawrence Frank, Roy Rogers and Eric Hughes to serve as assistant coaches on Head Coach Jason Kidd’s staff, General Manager Billy King announced today. In addition, Doug Overton will remain on the staff as an assistant coach.

“I am very pleased to add Lawrence, Roy, Eric and Doug to my staff,” said Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd. “They collectively bring a wealth of NBA experience to our bench, both from a coach and player perspective. This combination will not only prove beneficial to me, but will be an invaluable asset to our players as well.”

Lawrence Frank, the franchise’s all-time leader in NBA coaching victories, coached the Nets for parts of seven seasons (2004-2009) over which time he amassed a regular season mark of 225-241 (.483). Under Frank’s direction, New Jersey made four consecutive postseason appearances (2004-07) and won two Atlantic Division titles (2004, 2006).

Roy Rogers began his NBA coaching career with the Nets, serving as an assistant coach from 2008-2010. Most recently, Rogers worked as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons for two seasons (2011-2013) under head coach Lawrence Frank. Rogers also served as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics as part of Doc Rivers’ staff in 2010-11.

Eric Hughes joins the Nets after spending the past six seasons with the Toronto Raptors. Originally hired by Toronto in 2007-08 as a basketball development consultant, Hughes was promoted to assistant coach/basketball development on July 1, 2009. Prior to his stint with the Raptors, Hughes worked as the director of summer player development for Goodwin Sports Management in Seattle for five years (2002-2007)

Doug Overton will enter his sixth season with the Nets and fourth as an assistant coach. Overton began his coaching career as an assistant coach for Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns.[/quote_simple]



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