The Brooklyn Nets have finally finalized their coaching staff behind Jason Kidd as they announced on Tuesday that Joe Prunty, John Welch, and Charles Klask will join the team as assistant coaches. They will join Lawrence Frank, Roy Rogers and Eric Hughes on the bench.
Welch spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets under George Karl and two years as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies before that. He began his coaching career at UNLV and Fresno State even before that.
Prunty has 18 years of NBA experience as a coach most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers and stints with the Trail Blazers, Mavericks, and Spurs before that. He was with the Spurs when they won championships in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
Klask has spent the last two season with the Detroit Pistons where he was in charge of game-plan preparation, statistical analysis and scouting. He was with the Orlando Magic for nearly 10 years before that.
In addition to that trio, the Nets also hired Jim Sann as their advanced scout. Sann was previously with the Nets from 2005-10 as an assistant coach. He served as an assistant coach to the Chicago Bulls since that run and was an advanced scout with the Rockets in 2004-05 and the Knicks for 11 years even before that.
It’s a group of guys who have a ton of experience and seem to have done a little bit of everything. Along with Frank, Rogers and Hughes, they should make up a good team to have around rookie head coach Kidd. The only other thing you could really ask for is one or two guys with actual head coaching experience, but that is what Frank is for.