Formally in his new position as head coach, and not just temporarily, before the New York derby against the Knicks, Jacque Vaughn received the best possible response from his players on the field.
Ready to fight from the break, the Nets led in the first quarter (38-22) en route to a successful victory over rival New York (112-85).
“I think we started this match with the right state of mind,” enjoyed Jacque Vaughn at ESPN. “The starters established our will to play well. We defended on all pitches, we really wanted to put our mark on the game and the guys who came off the bench continued to have the same impact. Kevin set the tone from the beginning with his ability to be a real pillar for us, to get rebounds and finish with triple-doubles. »
“I can’t wait to play for him”
Powerful author of a triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists (for a huge 44 reviews), Kevin Durant perfectly led his team to victory.
The superstar winger seems very pleased to be able to turn the Nash page definitively and fully begin the new chapter under the leadership of Jacque Vaughn, more than deserved.
“I’m happy for him. I know how much he gives his all every day.Kevin Durant said. “I know how involved he is in the development of each player and the whole team. I can’t wait to play for him. All the boys responded well to the way he wanted us to play. I can’t wait to see how we develop after this. »
Before becoming a coach, and an assistant with the Nets for the last eight years, Jacque Vaughn was a “journeyman” leader who rolled well, receiving the consecration in San Antonio, with the NBA title in 2007.
“I don’t want to be just a honeymoon”
“I’m happy for him. He’s a really good guy.”Edmond Sumner confirmed. “I was happy to learn [qu’il était nommé head coach]. Now we are ready to work hard for him. »
Already a “head coach” in the NBA, with the Orlando Magic between 2012 and 2015, Jacque Vaughn didn’t really do miracles with three seasons that ended with less than 20 wins on average. But this time he has enough wealthy workers to aim high in Brooklyn.
“We suffered, we went through a lot of hardships. But the guys have pride, individually, and we just want to play better than [ce qu’on a fait depuis le début de saison] », KD concluded. “That’s what we did. But we don’t want it to be just for a honeymoon, we want to keep pushing and keep looking for ways to improve, to turn our weaknesses into strengths and move on from there. »