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Apr 22, 2024 10:21 am

Nets hire Jordi Fernandez as head coach

Jordi Fernandez

Sacramento Kings associate head coach Jordi Fernandez was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

The 41-year-old replaces interim head coach Kevin Ollie, who was promoted in February when Jacque Vaughn was fired.

“We’re thrilled to announce Jordi Fernández as Brooklyn’s new head coach,” Nets GM Sean Marks said in a statement. “As we progressed through an extensive search over the past six weeks, it became increasingly clear that Jordi is the best coach to lead our team forward. Jordi brings a diverse set of experiences and basketball knowledge gained over the course of a coaching career that has taken him around the world. Each step of the way, Jordi has consistently demonstrated the ability to implement strong processes and creative systems designed to optimize each team’s specific roster. He’s proven the ability to build genuine relationships and garner the respect of players of all levels, and we’re confident that our players will benefit greatly from his expertise. We look forward to Jordi, Kelsey and their children joining the Nets family and calling Brooklyn home.”

The Nets went 32-50 in 2023-24 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Brooklyn was swept in the first round of the postseason in 2023 (Philadelphia 76ers) and 2022 (Boston Celtics).

Fernandez, who also serves as Canadian National Team head coach, has been an assistant coach with the Cavaliers and Nuggets. He was head coach of the Canton Charge (NBADL) from 2014-2016.

Fernandez was one of three finalists for the Nets’ vacancy. Former Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer and Suns associate head coach Kevin Young were the others.

–Field Level Media

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