Jason Kidd hired as Nets head coach
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
The Brooklyn Nets have chosen Jason Kidd to become their next coach and are finalizing the details of the contract, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made. That announcement is expected Thursday, and the Nets plan to introduce Kidd at a news conference on the same day.
“From Jason Kidd’s standpoint, I think he’ll do a great job,” ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson said Wednesday. “We have seen Mark Jackson do a wonderful job with Golden State, and if his heart is into it and if he’s willing to put in the work, because what he won’t understand, it’s going to take more work than it did as a player.”
Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw interviewed for the job on Wednesday, and Nets general manager Billy King decided on Kidd who played six seasons with the Nets in the early and mid-2000s.
Kidd made the Nets relevant, leading them to two Eastern Conference championships. They lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
Kidd, who retired from the New York Knicks earlier this month after a stellar 19-year career, is making the unusual step of going straight from playing into a head coaching job.