Bower withdraws from Nets’ GM search

New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower has withdrawn from consideration for the New Jersey Nets general manager’s job, the Hornets announced in a statement.

Bower interviewed for the Nets job on Saturday in New York with owner Mikhail Prokhorov and outgoing GM Rod Thorn.

The Nets could open the search to more outside candidates or turn to an internal candidate with strong support from Thorn, assistant GM Bobby Marks.

Sources believe Bower shares the sentiments of several other prospective candidates who have backed away from interest in the job: They’re uneasy working with new Nets coach Avery Johnson, whom sources say is trying to gather front-office power for himself.

Sources say Johnson was vehemently against the hiring of Bower, who didn’t hire him to be the Hornets coach.

“It is not the right fit for the Nets, or myself,” Bower said in the statement.


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Updated Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010