Skiles emerges as Nets coaching candidate

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Scott Skiles is a candidate for the Brooklyn Nets coaching vacancy.

The Racine Journal Times reported that the former Milwaukee Bucks coach is on the short list of those being considered for the Nets' job.

The Nets are reportedly looking for a tough-minded coach who is offensively innovative. Skiles' coaching history indicates he qualifies under the first criteria but not the second.

Skiles preaches tough defense. The Bucks only made the playoffs once in his four years as their coach, and the team had internal problems under his guidance. Milwaukee also consistently had trouble scoring points. It is also questionable if his abrasive style would clash with point guard Deron Williams.

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Phil Jackson have also been mentioned as rumored candidates to coach the Nets.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson early in the season and placed P.J. Carlesimo in the interim. The Nets made the playoffs under Carlesimo but he was let go after their early exit from the postseason.

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