Kidd talks with Nets for head coach job
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The Brooklyn Nets’ coaching search just got a whole lot more bizarre.
After considering candidates like Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins, former Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles and others, a person with knowledge of the search confirmed a most-unexpected addition to the field: recently retired point guard Jason Kidd. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
Kidd, who played last season for the New York Knicks, retired after 19 seasons last week and is being considered by the Nets for what would be the rarest of moves.
Kidd’s candidacy was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Avery Johnson, among others, made a similar jump in 2004. He became a Dallas Mavericks assistant coach immediately after retiring and was promoted as the team’s head coach five months later when Don Nelson resigned.
If any player could make this sort of leap, it could be Kidd. He has long been considered one of the smartest players in the league, and played the role of unofficial Knicks assistant coach in the sense that he was a teacher and strong veteran presence for the team’s younger players.
Kidd also took the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 as a player, though they lost both times. He played for the Nets for 6½ seasons, making four All-Star teams.
“Jason Kidd was the captain of the Nets during their most successful period in the NBA, and is considered the greatest player in the Nets’ NBA history,” general manager Billy King said in a news release after Kidd’s retirement.