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Jacque Vaughn

Jacque Vaughn’s strong performance leading the Brooklyn Nets earned him a contract extension during last season’s All-Star break.

Just one year later, the Nets fired Vaughn after a 50-point loss in his final game, his worst since arriving in Brooklyn.

The Nets announced Vaughn’s departure on Monday and said an interim coach would be named soon.”This is an incredibly difficult decision, but we believe it is in the best interests of the team going forward,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “Jacque Vaughn has represented this organization with great character and class for eight years. The success and passion he brings to our team every day will be with the players and staff he interacts with throughout his tenure.” in government.

The Nets lost five of their last six games before the break to fall to 21-33, placing them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Their 136-86 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday was their worst loss since leaving New Jersey in 2012 and the second worst in franchise history, and point guard Mikal Bridges seemed disappointed in his comments.

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71-68, leading them to two separate playoffs.

Vaughn replaced the fired Steve Nash on November 1, 2022 and quickly led the Nets from a poor start to the top of the East. Brooklyn went 12-1 in December and 43-32 the rest of the season, qualifying for the playoffs despite trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving during the season.

But Brooklyn’s lack of star power this season is evident, and Vaughn last week lamented the minutes restriction that prevented Ben Simmons and some of his other players from being on the court long enough to give the Nets a better chance to compete. . The Nets started the season 15-15, but things began to change when Vaughn made a desperate decision not to play or rest with all his players losing at home 144. -122 against Milwaukee on December 27. The NBA fined the Nets $100,000, marking the first time a team has faced a fine for a match-fixing violation that began this season.

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