The Brooklyn Nets may have hired the next hot young coach in the Association on Thursday as they announced on the team website, that they have chosen former Nets star Jason Kidd to be their next bench boss. There are very few men that could retire from the NBA and days later become a head coach for another franchise; however Kidd should have no trouble in his new role. As a premier point guard in the Association for 19-seasons, he has displayed his capability of running the offense and being a Floor General. He was also one of the most respected players in the game, quickly becoming a leader in the clubhouse, after joining a team.
Brooklyn General Manager Billy King had narrowed his choices down to two candidates, current Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Kidd, according to numerous reports earlier this week. Although the former Nets All-Star has no coaching experience at any level, he was able to impress the club’s brain-trust. King told reporters “On behalf of the Nets organization, I am very pleased to welcome Jason Kidd as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. 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.”
Nets majority team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, also released a statement on the hiring. The Russian billionaire said “Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York. 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.”
The former point guard played for the Nets for six and a half seasons and led the team to its only two appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. He also played a prominent role for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, as they defeated the Miami Heat, for the Mavericks only NBA Championship.
There are many NBA observers, who believe that Kidd was a strong influence on Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, when the two formed the starting back-court for Team USA, winning the Olympic Gold Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bryant, became a less selfish and more trusting teammate after the tournament, which led to the Lakers making the Finals three straight years, winning back to back Titles in 2009 and 2010.
Kidd and Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams have a strong relationship, which should help Williams recapture his All-Star form after a disappointing campaign this season. The Nets have talent on their roster, that should have led to a more successful campaign, the team is hoping that Kidd can make that talent a cohesive unit starting in the fall.