With respect to the rebuilding efforts of the Nets and the Rangers, both teams brought in fresh-faced development coaches from outside the organization. Kenny Atkinson was a long-time assistant coach with a lot of hype from successfully developed players, whereas David Quinn was a highly successful collegiate coach with some stints within the AHL (and NHL system).
Both teams developed their players from the ground up, and either traded them away for established stars (Brooklyn) or signed established stars as free agents (New York). Nonetheless, the focus was on getting the right people for the right role, and to focus on developing their young players from the ground up. When the opportunity to strike for elite talent came, both teams struck hard.
Perhaps more pertinent, was once the team was deemed capable of transitioning from rebuilding and development into contending for a championship, changes were made. They were made fast. Both teams moved on from their coach. A similar process is found in big business. For the most part, the mindset for growing a company from the ground up is very different from the one required for an established business.
Within the resources sector, one group of people is used for constructing a project and another for operating it once it’s built. The Brooklyn Nets may no longer be allowed to be as smarmy as they once have been regarding the culture buzzword, but they perhaps were not wrong to make the moves they made.