Sometimes, special NBA players are thought to make good head coaches one day, but recently-retired New York Knicks guard and Bay Area native Jason Kidd is trying to take that mantra and apply it literally by becoming the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
According to Adrian Wojnorowski of Yahoo Sports, Kidd is intrigued by the possibility of stepping immediately into the head coaching ranks without paying his dues as an assistant. He retired in June and already has been in contact with Nets’ brass to engage in serious talks about assuming the job. He’s also been in touch with a group of veteran assistants who would be able to help him make the transition from the court to the sidelines seamlessly.
As a 19-year veteran at the all-important point guard position, however, Kidd has effectively been a coach on the floor and is one of the best to ever do it. It stands to reason that if anyone in the history league is qualified to take on such a daunting and unlikely task, Kidd could handle the leap.
The news has already drawn plenty of reaction from around the league. Notably, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich weighed in on the possibility of having one of his adversaries on the court square up agains him on the sideline:
Spurs Gregg Popovich on Jason Kidd wanting Nets job: “If he’s crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league I wish him all the best”
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 9, 2013
Kidd’s accomplishments as a player will almost assuredly land him in the NBA Hall of Fame. He is a 10-time All-Star in addition to being the 1994-95 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill. He’s second to John Stockton on the NBA’s all-time assists leaderboard and third in three-point field goals made behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.
After starring at the University of California, the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the second overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft.
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