Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Jacque Vaughn is moving center DeAndre Jordan into the starting lineup, his first major decision after taking over on Saturday.
The Nets play the Chicago Bulls at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Vaughn’s first move as head coach is moving DeAndre Jordan into the starting lineup.— Michael Grady (@Grady) March 8, 2020
Vaughn will move Jarrett Allen, a first-round pick in the 2017 draft, to the bench for Jordan, an 11-year veteran in his first season in Brooklyn.
Jordan and Allen were sharing time throughout the season. Jordan averages 8.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game. He’s started only four games. Allen averages 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game.
Vaughn will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season after the Nets announced Saturday morning they were “mutually parting ways” with Kenny Atkinson. The team is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 28-34 record while dealing with injuries.
Here is something you can take to the bank: If Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant wanted Kenny Atkinson to be the coach, he'd be the coach.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 7, 2020
Durant, Irving and Jordan are close. Zach Lowe of ESPN said on his podcast after the firing that Jordan coming off the bench was a simmering issue with the Nets players.
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