Nets hire Jacque Vaughn as Head coach

After being named acting head coach on Nov. 1 following Steve Nash’s exit, Jacque Vaughn takes over the job full time in Brooklyn. The move comes as a surprise given that many inside the league and some within the organization thought that suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka would take over for Nash.

The Nets had discussions with Udoka, who along with Vaughn had been a Nets assistant before taking the Boston job. He led the Celtics to last season’s NBA Finals but was suspended for at least this season for violating team rules by having a relationship with a female staffer within the organization.

But the Nets decided not to go that route, perhaps unwilling to take on more negative attention while dealing with the fallout from Kyrie Irving’s decision to post a link to a film with antisemitic material on his Twitter page.