The Brooklyn Nets once again shook up the NBA world on Wednesday when they announced their new head coach.
In a surprising move, the team decided against hiring Ime Udoka, even though most rumors said he was the frontrunner for the job.
Instead, the Nets said that interim head coach Jacque Vaughn would be the new full-time leader of the team.
Jacque Vaughn has been officially named head coach of the Nets. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/70Twm39vLb
— theScore (@theScore) November 9, 2022
Vaughn has been riding with the Nets for years now and his hiring will make many people happy.
Given his track record in the past, his hiring will also make some fans nervous.
The reactions to Vaughn’s hiring varied from exciting and nervous, to downright humorous.
Vaughn Coming On
There were more than a few people who are celebrating the promotion of Vaughn, especially since it comes years after remaining loyal to the team.
Great day for Jacque Vaughn, who had been passed over for the Nets job the first time for Steve Nash. The Nets have clearly responded to JV. Now he gets an opportunity to win big.
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) November 9, 2022
Vaughn has been an assistant coach for Brooklyn since 2016 and has stepped up to be interim coach twice, once when Kenny Atkinson was fired and again a few weeks ago when Steve Nash was relieved of duty.
This is obviously a team that Vaughn cares about a job he is ready to take on.
The Nets could, and should, have just rolled with Jacque Vaughn after the bubble.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 9, 2022
There are many people online saying that Vaughn should have gotten the spot years ago before Steve Nash came on board.
This isn’t the first time that people have said this – there were multiple people calling on Vaughn to be hired following the Orlando Bubble.
Other fans are commenting on the new fire under the feet of the Nets players recently.
The team has won two teams in the short amount of time that Vaughn has been leading the team.
The Nets have DEFINITELY played harder under Jacque Vaughn these last couple of games… but I do not believe he is a championship level HEAD coach
That being said… I will wish him nothing but the best as his success will be crucial to the Nets achieving anything
— Cody Mallory (@RealCodyMallory) November 9, 2022
Still, people aren’t sure if he has what it takes to get the team in great shape all season long and deep into the playoffs.
Other people had to poke fun at Vaughn and the stress that is coming with his new position.
Jacque Vaughn after two years with KD and Kyrie pic.twitter.com/2fuGdORl3U
— Steph Noh (@StephNoh) November 2, 2022
Some people commented on how he is looking and how the grey in his beard is set to increase.
thoughts are with jacque vaughn during this most difficult time https://t.co/etMrn88Wet
— Dan Favale (@danfavale) November 9, 2022
While others are commiserating for Vaughn since his task ahead is going to be very, very stressful and possibly not very rewarding.