Nets GM Sean Marks issues statement on firing of Jacque Vaughn

Nov 19, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn coaches against the
Nov 19, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn coaches against the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

During the early hours directly following NBA All-Star Weekend, the Brooklyn Nets made headlines with their surprise move to part ways with second-year head coach, Jacque Vaughn, as first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The decision to part ways with their headman 54 games into the campaign marks the league's second in-season firing of 2023-24, with the other being the departure of Adrian Griffin from the Milwaukee Bucks back in late January.

Soon after the initial report by Wojnarowski, the Nets published a press release penned by Sean Marks regarding the firing of Vaughn, with the general manager acknowledging the difficulties of making such a choice to move on from the long-time assistant.

Sean Marks issues statement on Nets parting ways with Jacque Vaughn

"This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of the team going forward... Jacque has represented this organization with exemplary character and class for the past eight years. The consistent positivity and passion he poured into our team daily will remain with the players and staff he interacted with throughout his tenure. We thank Jacque for all he has done for the Nets and the borough of Brooklyn, and wish him, Laura and their family nothing but the best in the future."

Sean Marks

On their team's X account, Brooklyn relayed the message that a successor will soon be named, as they noted: "An interim head coach will be named in the near future."

Following the news break, The Athletic's Shams Charania made comments regarding the status of the, now, ex-head coach's approval among his players, with the NBA Insider revealing that "multiple players" such as Mikal Bridges "were pretty vocal behind the scenes for months now about how the offense was running."

Throughout his first full season holding the clipboard in Brooklyn, Vaughn has received ample scrutiny and criticisms for his sideline executions and decision-making.

While the roster is far from a title-ready bunch, the 49-year-old has been undoubtedly one of, if not the most underwhelming member of the Nets during their first-half stretch thanks to his wonky time management among players (Cam Thomas, anybody?!) to his late-game executions.