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Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas Reuters

Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season.

He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal of landing Deron Williams — but he is not ready to hang them up.

But when he does, he has a plan — he wants to be a general manager. He wants to go from organizing a team on the court to organizing the team from off it.

Here’s his quote, from Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld (via SLAM).

“I would like to go upstairs,” Kidd said. “I’d like to be the person who puts all of the pieces together. We’ll see if that works out.”

It’s a tough transition to make — just because a guy has the athleticism and is considered a smart player doesn’t mean he really is good at player evaluations. Most of the time when you hear a player suggest a trade, it’s a bad idea. It also tends to go the better the player the worse they are at it. Plus, for modern players being a front office guy is a lot of long hours for a whole lot less money than they were just making.

But there have been and still are exceptions — Jerry West, Danny Ainge, Pat Riley, John Paxson, and Mitch Kupchak, just to name a few.

Jason Kidd maybe can be one of those exceptions. He certainly is a cerebral player. And he’ll get a chance (maybe in Dallas), someone will give him a shot.

  1. cadub49er - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Maybe he should come home to Alameda and do something about the Warriors. Can’t be worse than decisions they are making now!

    • 24thesho - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      I think Mark Jackson is a cool cat and all, but I really don’t get some of the moves he has, or, the owners have made this shortened season. Really baffling!

  2. glink123 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Good article. IMHO, the list of former players who have gone on to be successful GMs all have something in common. John Paxon has a 4-year degree from Notre Dame. Pat Riley has a 4-year degree from Kentucky. Mitch Kupchak has a 4-year degree from North Carolina. Danny Ainge has a 4-year degree from BYU. Jason Kidd has a … oh that’s right, he only stayed for two years at Cal.

    • rooney24 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      I think more importantly is that, with the exception of West, the players listed were good players, but not superstars. I think superstars often see all the flaws in how other players don’t measure up to them. Players that are below the superstar level may have a better understanding of how different skills will fit together on the court. In Kidd’s case, he is currently below superstar level (some might say always was), so he may not have that superstar mentality. But, then again, his whining about not getting calls from the refs just because they won the title last year might seem like he still thinks he is a superstar.

      He would likely have to be willing to take a lesser position to learn the ropes. I don’t know if he will succeed if someone drops him directly into the GM position. Would he be willing to take an assistant GM position to learn the ropes or consider it beneath him?

  3. rooney24 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Kevin McHale,….never mind.

  4. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    A lot of times former players, especially the great ones don’t really pan out as general managers. I would have him as a head coach in a heartbeat though

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