Nets' Cam Thomas comments on Kevin Ollie's performance


NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets interim coach Kevin Ollie took over Brooklyn at a time when the team was trying to do everything it could to turn the season around. Ollie stepped in after Jacque Vaughn was fired during the All-Star break, and while his record isn't exactly stellar, one key player believes Ollie did a good job.

“Yeah, he did a great job,” Nets guard Cam Thomas said after Wednesday’s 115-111 win over the Indiana Pacers. While Brooklyn did its job and beat the Pacers, they were ultimately eliminated from the Eastern Conference play-in tournament because the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons.

“I mean, there's only so much you can do during the All-Star break,” Thomas explained. “I mean, he can’t really change too much. We've already played 50, 55 games. You can't change much because that would be a difficult thing. But I feel like he did a great job given what he had to deal with and what the situation entailed. So it was great.”

Over the course of this season, the Nets were 21-33 (38.9%) under Vaughn before he was fired, and Brooklyn is 9-14 (39.1%) under Ollie's leadership. That being said, there is a difference in the way the Nets played under Ollie.

Under Vaughn, Brooklyn ranked 19th in the NBA in offensive rating (114.5) and 21st in defensive rating (116.8). After Ollie took over, the Nets fell to 24th in offensive rating (109.7), but improved in defensive rating to 13th in the league (112.8).

Obviously, Ollie works with most of the staff that Vaughn worked with, but Ollie also has to deal with the absences of Spencer Dinwiddie and Royce O'Neale and benefits from the reinforcements of Dennis Schroder. As this season nears its end, Ollie has the support of one of the team's best players.

The story originally appeared on Nets Wire