Vandeweghe takes over winless Nets

Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Kiki Vandeweghe was selected to be interim coach of the New Jersey Nets, who have started the season with an NBA-record-tying 17 losses.

The Nets were 0-16 when they fired Coach Lawrence Frank last weekend. Assistant coach Tom Barrise led the team in Sunday's game. New Jersey will seek to avoid becoming the first NBA team to open the season 0-18 Wednesday when the Nets play the Dallas Mavericks.

Vandeweghe has been with the Nets' organization for two years and has been the team's general manager since May 2008. He previously was general manager in Denver from 2001-06 and spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Dallas.

He was an NBA player for 13 seasons, averaging 19.7 points over 810 regular-season games. He played for Denver, Portland, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers and was twice selected to NBA All-Star teams.

"Kiki has a broad range of NBA experience, which includes his 13-year career as an All-Star-caliber player and then as a coach and front-office executive," said Nets President Rod Thorn. "We feel that he is the right person at this juncture to help in continuing to develop our young players and achieve our overall objectives for the remainder of this season."

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