Nets could get a huge difference maker in Jordi Fernandez

The Brooklyn Nets are just beginning their offseason after a disappointing 2023-24 season that saw the team fall short of its own goal of making the postseason. One of the main focuses for Brooklyn was who would be their head coach for next season and they quickly took care of that.

As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week, the Nets are expected to hire Sacramento Kings assistant coach Jordi Fernandez as their head coach. Fernandez is one of the bigger names in the NBA when it comes to guys who could soon get their first head coaching job, and a lot of people in the NBA have something to say about Fernandez.

CJ Holmes of the New York Daily News recently wrote an article about Fernandez in which he provided a lot of background information on Fernandez, as well as testimonials from some of the people Fernandez has encountered during his coaching career. All of the following quotes are from Holmes’ piece, as all of the people spoke to the NYDN for the story.

“He just has a very good feeling for people. He can read a room very well. He has incredible relationships with the players, can really relate to them, and I believe that with what I know about him as a person,” IMPACT Basketball’s Joe Abunassar said of Fernandez’s people skills. Fernandez spent some time with Abunassar while coaching at the Impact Basketball Academy from 2006 to 2009.

‘He’s ready for anything. He is ready for any major job in the NBA. So whoever gets him will be very lucky to have him as their head coach,” Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown said of Fernandez. Fernandez became the Kings’ associate head coach heading into the 2022-23 season and has worked with Brown for the past two seasons.

Sacramento is now out of the playoffs after losing in Friday’s eighth-place game to the New Orleans Pelicans, so a formal announcement that Fernandez will become Brooklyn’s head coach can be expected any day now. Once that announcement is made, Nets fans can be happy to know that Fernandez is viewed positively by many people in his journey to get to this point.