Apr 12, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Joe Prunty (left) and head coach Byron Scott stand on the court during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd tabs Joe Prunty to coach the Brooklyn Nets


New Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd will not be able to coach in the first two games of the season. Kidd was suspended after pleading guilty to a DWI charge back in July.

With Kidd out, many thought he’d tab one of his former coaches, Lawrence Frank, who he named his lead assistant, to fill his spot. Instead, Kidd will go with Joe Prunty, who most recently coached under Byron Scott in Cleveland last season.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York has the scoop:

The decision to go with Prunty, who is entering his 18th NBA season, was based on keeping the roles of the assistant coaches intact, according to Prunty. Lead assistant Lawrence Frank, who has the most head coaching experience on the bench as former Nets and Pistons head coach, will continue to orchestrate the team’s defense. Assistant John Welch will do the same with the offense.

Prunty seems to have things figured out.

“We all talked about it and we have our roles that we all fill,” said Prunty. “Lawrence does the defense, John does the offense and look, it’s a tremendous staff.”

The Nets and Cavaliers will tip-off from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at 7:00 pm EST.

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