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February 3, 2010

Del Harris opting out; leaves NJ Nets after two months as assistant coach

The Star-Ledger
by Dave D'Alessandro

Nets assistant coach Del Harris has seen enough — after less than two months. Can you blame him?

Del Harris, one of the game’s seminal thinkers, has decided to leave the team before the road trip that opens Wednesday in Toronto, according to a friend of the coach.

Harris, who was brought in to be Vandeweghe’s gray eminence on Dec. 4 after the latter moved into the head coaching position, has several reasons for making his exit now – all of them professional issues – but these should not be disclosed by anyone but Harris himself, his friend said.

Vandeweghe, meanwhile, was hoping he could talk the 72-year-old Harris out of leaving right up until game time, but the coach’s confidant said there was little chance of that happening.


NoLandGrab: With the entirety of Vandeweghe's head coaching experience coming in the two months that he's been trying to coach the Nets, the high-water mark of the team's season may have already passed.

Posted by eric at February 3, 2010 11:04 AM