Following days of speculation, the Brooklyn Nets made things official tonight — Jason Kidd has been named head coach, just over a week since his NBA playing days came to an end. Per the press release: “The Brooklyn Nets have named former Net Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach, General Manager Billy King announced today. Kidd becomes the 18th head coach in the franchise’s NBA history. ‘On behalf of the Nets organization, I am very pleased to welcome Jason Kidd as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets,’ said King. ‘Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience. This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach, as he embodies the tough, smart and team-first mentality that we are trying to establish in Brooklyn.’ … ‘Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York,’ said Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov. ‘He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.’ … ‘This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days,’ said Kidd. ‘Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that’s how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career.’”