Posted June 09, 2013

Report: Jason Kidd looking to become Brooklyn Nets’ head coach

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(Brock Williams-Smith/Getty Images)

Jason Kidd announced his retirement on Monday after 19 seasons as a player. (Brock Williams-Smith/Getty Images)

After announcing his retirement from playing this week, Jason Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets’ head coaching position, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

“His candidacy has been discussed within the highest levels of the organization,” sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Kidd, 40, led the Nets to the most prosperous period in team history when they played in New Jersey during the 2000s, including consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and ’03.

Before the future Hall-of-Fame point guard signed with the Knicks last offseason, he considered re-joining the Nets as Deron Williams’ backup, according to the report.

Brooklyn fired head coach Avery Johnson in December and announced after the season — in which the team earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record, then lost to the Chicago Bulls in a seven-game first-round series — that it would not bring back interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

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From the report:

Kidd has been talking with associates about the possibility of making the immediate leap from a Hall of Fame playing career to a head coaching job, and has been working to identify a staff of assistant coaches who could help him overcome the significant learning curve, sources said.

The Nets have considered Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw as their top target for the vacancy, but are competing with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets to secure him.


12 comments
Horstradamus
Horstradamus

Getting a little ahead of ourselves aren't we? Maybe he should consider an assistant coach position first to get his feet wet before taking on a head coaching role. 

cgio.lopez
cgio.lopez

Kidd would be a great coach.  Too soon for the Nets though.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

Another enabled AHole who doesn't want to pay his dues and feels he's qualified to coach without any coaching experience. The dude in San Antonio waited 20 years to be a Head Coach in the NBA & this clown expects instant gratification. This is a prime example of how these clowns gets broke after a few years out of the league after they've made millions. Screw Kidd!!

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

The NBA is a player driven league. Phil Jackson is not a coach, he is an ego massager. The Nets problem is a bad collection of egos. Why do the Spurs win? Team first!

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@SandersonKramer Wow, look at you getting all bitter over some speculation.   FYI, Gregg Popovich paid his dues because he never played the game at a very high level.  On the other hand, Jason Kidd has played the game at a rather high level, although it seems that you may have missed that part.   By the way, how is Jason Kidd seeking a coaching job an example of  how NBA players go broke after their career is over?  Seems as you are attempting to make a reach that is not reachable.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

No. Teams with the best players usually win the championship. The Nets do not have a roster filled with top-level players. Phil Jackson won championships in part because his players played a team-first game but look what happened when Jordan left to play baseball. Almost all the championship teams of the past 15-20 years have at least two hall of famers.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

@JoeCabot @SandersonKramer Jason Kidd seeking to become Head Coach is typical of the know it all uneducated NBA Players who wind up broke after a few years in retirement as they're all entitled and think like Kidd they can coach immediately at the pro level without coaching experience. Wasn't talking about Greg Popovich who coached many years at different college levels but the assistant coach who after 20 years in San Antonio was hired to Coach Atlanta. Just cause you've played in the NBA doesn't mean you can be a Head Coach with 0 experience. Why do you think NFL players aren't hired as Head Coaches immediately after their career has ended?

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

@SandersonKramer Happen to catch this article in USA Today by Sam Anick? Its an interview with gregg popovich about jason kidd becoming an NBA head coach - Popovich: "When you've played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he's pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer," San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Kidd's reported candidacy while at the NBA Finals. "So he does have experience. If he's crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league, I wish him all the best. But he certainly has the intuitive skills to know what's going on out there. Obviously, he would be able to have relationships with the players that he's had with his coaches throughout. So if that's what he wants to do, and that's who they want to hire, I think that he's got an opportunity and a possibility to be really, really good at it."

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@SandersonKramer Uh, entitlement is the attitude that someone else should pay for you, so having that attitude will seemingly allow you to keep your money instead of wasting it and going broke. As for Mike Budenholzer, again you cite an example of a guy who never played a day in the NBA & had to pay his dues to earn a coaching chance.  Jason Kidd has a bit of experience in the NBA already.  Maybe the NFL does not immediately bring in ex-players to be a head coach, but MLB has a current example, Mike Matheny, that has already proven successful.  Sometimes outside-the-box-thinking works.