Monday, February 8th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  19 responses

The (Real) Reason Del Harris Left the Nets

There was all kind of coded language when Del abruptly left the team, and now, the truth behind the decision is beginning to come out: “The departure of Del Harris Tuesday night came only two days after his agent, Warren LeGarie, approached Nets president Rod Thorn about the possibility that his client become the team’s head coach. This exchange, according to two NBA officials privy to the conversation who requested anonymity because they are friendly with both sides, took place at Izod Center. LeGarie, one of the game’s heaviest hitters, told Thorn the Nets would be better off letting Harris take over and moving Kiki Vandeweghe back to the front office, if only to begin preparation for 2010-11. According to one of the officials, Thorn interrupted LeGarie with this door-slam: ‘Hold it right there,’ he said. ‘All due respect, he will not be the next head coach here. So if he has any delusions about that, you should let him know it’s not going to happen.’ LeGarie relayed the conversation to Harris, who immediately decided to leave New Jersey, a decision that was reported during Tuesday night’s game.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ


  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Won’t fit in with his new Russian Mafia Boss.

  • riggs


  • http://www.slamonline.com barnabusb

    pwned. Yeah, I said it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, “Cold-blooded.”

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    Kiki is a horrible coach. What exactly is Thorn trying to prove?

  • Tommy Patron

    This seems off. Why would Thorn have to be such a d*ck? Seems like Harris was just offering to coach out the year, not be “the next head coach”. Also, why belittle him by implying he may be delusional?

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    it obvious harris is not a great coach and most probably kiki is even worse, but cmon now they are leaning towards wall..

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    you stay classy, Jersey Nets.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    I think that the Kobe airballs ruined the little credibility he did have. He basically let a twelve year old lose that game. Who’s going to respect that?

  • chap

    way to go nets.. sike

  • AnsonPanson

    lol del should replace nellie and keep his kid on the whole game

  • Kent Kanada

    @ Anson Panson: Del Harris not Dell Curry

    but was Del Harris Devin Harris’ father? aha

  • tavoris

    So, another NBA team has been caught lying to the media. When will people stop believing them when they throw players under the bus?

  • therighttoremainsalient

    so who does Thorn THINK will be coaching next season… please give Patrick Ewing a shot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Without even reading a word, my response to the headline: Because they suck.

  • bnets

    Does Del Harris actually think he would be head coach next season hahah. And why wwould they spend money now and hire a new coach when they knew they were gonna be horrible anyways? Kiki is doin a pretty good job, the Nets are playin their butts off and they are playin together.

  • RedRum

    The Nets will be very interesting team if they introduce the hard salary cap. Imagine a player negotiating with the Russian mafia guy..

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    There is no way Del Harris would not be a better coach for the Nets. You don’t need to tank lower than last place, guys. C’mon.