Jacque Vaughn will be coaching depleted squad as Nets’ restart begins

After the NBA’s long coronavirus layoff, the Nets are ramping up to resume play. They opened HSS Training Center on Tuesday and will bring players back for mandatory workouts Wednesday. But make no mistake, they’ll be decimated when they finally get back on the court.

With six players hurt, having tested positive for COVID-19 or opting out of the Orlando restart, they’re down to a dozen healthy bodies. The way the past few days have gone, they could have even fewer by the time they arrive at the Grand Floridian a week from Wednesday.

If the next month-plus is an audition for interim coach Jacque Vaughn, he’s going in with one hand tied behind his back.

Everybody knew stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, as well as Nic Claxton, would all be out hurt. But Wilson Chandler opting out, and DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie both announcing they had tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, left the Nets stunned. And shorthanded.

Both Jordan and Dinwiddie had been out of the area and came back to New York perfectly healthy. It was only well after they returned to Brooklyn they both contracted COVID-19.

“Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market,” Jordan tweeted on Monday. “As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.”

Jacque Vaughn
Jacque VaughnPaul J. Bereswill

Jordan’s mother, Kimberly, followed up with a question that was rhetorical but valid, asking, “I don’t know why in the hell they had y’all to go back to NY in the first place?!”

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While Dinwiddie tweeted that he hasn’t opted out and wants to play, the point guard will still be quarantined for two weeks. And the fact that he’s symptomatic with fever and chest tightness doesn’t bode well and casts doubt on whether he’ll suit up again this season.

Source: New York Post

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