Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 9:35 pm  |  29 responses

Jason Kidd Named Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets

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.’”

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  • LLC#12

    Brian Shaw is in snub city it seems. I think J-Kidd could be a decent coach, in at the deep end here though.

  • OfftheWall87

    Don’t know how well he’ll do without any experience. Hopefully he hires some experienced assistant coaches to help him. Maybe this will get Deron Williams to finally be a true leader.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    He and Deron Williams seem to get along well based on what I saw from the time they had on Team USA. This is a bold move. Hope it works out!

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I read on ESPN that Lawrence Frank will be his lead assistant.

  • Junior Taylor

    So the Nets pass up established guys like Karl, Hollins, Shaw, BScott, McMillan and the Van Gundy brothers for a guy that was a player 4 weeks ago? Looks like Prokhorov is interested in the attention a news like this brings than winning games in the Playoffs.

  • Allan

    Nets Loyalty. Best of luck to J Kidd.

  • Shifty

    What the funk? Damn, if I was a one of those head coaches floating around looking for a job, I would be pretty pi$$ed. Also feel sorry for someone like Ewing who can’t get a head coaching job and has been trying for years.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    All those alleys to Richard Jefferson and Vincent Carter have now paid off….

  • MikeC.

    What are you talking about? Kidd coached the Nets to back to back Finals appearances over a decade ago. It’s about time he got another shot at coaching.

  • BugEyes

    Everyone seen mark Jackson a former point come in and make an immediate impact and they think they can make it work with kid. he is use to being the coach on the floor. everyone is wrong this is a great fit, I think he can get d Williams back on track to superstardom

  • robb

    I wonder what would Jason look like under a bus. I guess after a few months coaching Deron I’ll find out.

  • BugEyes

    Shaw would be a good fit in Philly they are hiring

  • TSmoove

    Dont forget K-Mart

  • roscoe

    this is a sign that dwill is UNCOACHABLE by a traditional coach.

    Prok is a riverboat gambler and who doesn’t like this guy… he goes for it. good stuff.

  • OfftheWall87

    Nah, he led them as the PG but don’t disregard Byron Scott.

  • OfftheWall87

    Not bad.

  • OfftheWall87

    We’ll see but I wouldn’t say everyone is wrong. Mark Jackson spent years as an analyst watching games from a different point of view and talking to coaches soaking up a lot of knowledge. That helped him quite a bit. When’s the last time a player walked right into a head coaching job immediately after retirement and did well? George Karl, Ryan Hollins, Brian Shaw, all of them are easily better candidates for any job. Being a coach on the floor is much different than being a head coach. A friendship between players is different than a player/coach relationship. How friendly will they be when Kidd is on his back because he’s not doing his job? Avery Johnson was also a point guard and had coached a team to the Finals…how did that work out?

  • Love The Game

    Holy sh**. I was only half serious when I said they should give him a shot at this. They didn’t waste much time at all. Whatever he said in that interview must have been amazing. This will be interesting.

  • Dfrance

    In addition to his years as an analyst, Mark Jackson inherited a relatively young team. The pressure was not on him to win right away and they really overachieved this season more in part to the growth of Curry and Thompson.

    Don’t get me wrong, Jackson is becoming a really good coach, but its not quite the same situation.

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  • Junkie

    Isn’t he the first player to walk right into one?

  • Basketball Coach

    Jason Kidd is capable of being a coach, he’s a PG for all his NBA career and just think about it, PG’s makes a lot of coach decisions on court. just saying.


  • OfftheWall87

    I can’t remember another one.

  • BugEyes

    Magic?? Maybe

  • OfftheWall87

    That didn’t go so well.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I think this is a great idea. I never understood why teams just recycle the same pool of coaches over and over again. There’s an entire world of untapped coaching talent overseas and in college, assistant NBA coaches, as well as in the class of players retiring each year. The pool of players changes all the time, constantly; why should coaching be stagnant?

  • BugEyes

    Imo everyone is wrong for not giving Kidd a chance, theoretically you don’t know who’s right or wrong until he coaches. I don’t think Kidd is better than any of those coaches but has the best chemistry, deron Williams is hyped from the sign which is a plus and some of the best teams ever didnt have a lot of talent but more so chemistry. the other coaches will be fine I think Shaw will get the Philly gig. Karl to the clippers, hollins to the nuggets and and svg to the grizzlys are all great fits. doc stays in Boston and Jeff van Gundy stays a wonderful comm.

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  • OfftheWall87

    It’s not that people aren’t giving him a chance. He’s going to have to prove himself and break the mold because this is new. There are more players on the team besides Deron so he will have to coach all of them. Deron was also saying the same things about Avery Johnson when he got traded to the Nets and signed with them last summer. The proof will be in his play and Kidd’s coaching. It’s a wait and see situation. They don’t have a lot of room for improvement with the roster. I’m looking forward to seeing what Kidd does with them. He’ll have to remind Gerald Wallace how to play basketball and stop with the iso Joe philosophy.