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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  18 responses

Brooklyn Nets Seriously Considering Jason Kidd for Head Coach


According to reports, the Brooklyn Nets are taking this Jason Kidd as head coach thing seriously. Kidd met with the Nets’ brass on Monday, and they seem to like what they’re hearing. Per Yahoo! Sports: “Kidd has convinced Nets management of his seriousness of committing the time and energy necessary to move into a head coaching job within weeks of his retirement as a 10-time NBA All-Star point guard, league sources said. The Nets could make a decision within the next several days, and Kidd’s candidacy has been a consideration for the past two to three weeks, league sources said. Nets ownership has long been intrigued with making a star hire in the coaching spot, and Kidd’s history with the franchise and standing in the sport’s history makes him an even more attractive candidate. Kidd is competing with Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw for the job now, sources said. Nets GM Billy King met with Kidd on Monday, and will interview Shaw on Wednesday.”

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  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Shaw can’t catch a break

  • spit hot fiyah

    he has history with the franchise, but it seems strange that prokhorov would consider someone that isn’t proven as a coach. he seems like we wants to win right now and not later.

  • bike

    Can’t see it. Great player, obviously very high b-ball I.Q., and tons of experience. But, I hate to say it, Jason always seemed to lack good communication skills.

  • Sam

    You are right, and I think that’s the problem with half of the NBA (mainly the bottom half). These guys are getting their FIRST EVER head coaching job as an NBA coach, and that is not helping the game. Avery, Byron Scott, Jacque Vaughn, etc., etc. etc. I mean even Larry and Magic did it, and Isiah but that’s a whole different story there. They had PJ – somebody who has coached for 30 years, but now they want a guy who hasn’t even called a TO yet (as a coach). I wonder how often Deron wishes he was still coached by Jerry Sloan instead of these clowns. Sloan compared to Avery…no wonder it didn’t work.

  • Junkie

    Why not bring him on as an assistant first?

  • JML-G

    for a team that has huge ambitions its seems weird to consider player that JUST retired for a HEAD COACH already.. might work out, prolly not

  • Dfrance

    Patrick Ewing is rolling over in his grave right now.

  • Sancheezie

    haha kidd! i wanna see this happen

  • Sancheezie

    no kidding.

  • Dfrance

    Avery Johnson and Byron Scott were very successful head coaches. They paid dues as assistants and took teams to the NBA Finals. The NBA needs new coaching blood, they recycle the same old coaches who failed in one spot and expect them to succeed in another.

    The problem here is Jason Kidd has 0 coaching experience. He just finished actively playing. He wasn’t even a faux player/coach like Avery was in Dallas, he was playing major minutes! When was he learning what it takes?

    He needs to get in line.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Didnt Mark Jackson have 0 coaching experience?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    yes and his first year sucked…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    What’s with all the middle to late 90′s point guards getting head coaching gigs? Lindsey Hunter, Jacque Vaughn, Hornacek, MJax and now Jason Kidd and/or Bshaw. Somewhere out there, Stevey Franchise and Charlie Ward are brushing up on Coaching 101.

  • Dfrance

    That is correct and I was actually surprised he got so many interviews straight out of the announcing booth. It was a risk that is seemingly paying off, but a risk nonetheless.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Yep, and went to the second round shortly after before losing to the eventual western conference champions. Seems like pretty reasonable growth for a coach and team. Some ppl just need the chance to showcase their skills. Just because he doesnt have experience doesnt mean he wont do a good job

  • LP @ThisisEther

    He may do good, not saying he won’t…but immediate success is less than likely…

  • Spetsnaz

    Why does everyone find it such a stretch for all-star pass-first point guard to make the jump to the nba as a coach? He’s been running a team on the court for 25+ years, calling plays, identifying mismatches, knowing when to get other players going etc etc etc…… He’s been the floor general and star generally though-out his career so he would have been working very closely with the coaching staff on schemes, match-ups, game plans and the like. He’s played under different coaches with different styles of play so i think he’s been exposed to

    All that being said why would you not take a risk on him? As long as his plan and coaching style suits the team they have i say go for it. There is nothing worse than a coach that can’t adapt (Mike Brown) or won’t adapt (Dantoni) to the team they have…..

  • VanCityBBal

    Are the Nets really in a position to take a risk with a Fresh Off the Bench coach? With the contracts they have signed and the decent individual talent they have on the roster, the Nets need to be a winning team ASAP. if JKidd were to make this huge jump he would have needed to be that guy at the very end of the bench first, not worried about getting any minutes…

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