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Report: Jason Kidd lobbying to get Nets coaching job

Jun 9, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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

Jason Kidd is a smart player, a guy very respected in the locker room, but is he really ready to step directly into a coach’s seat?

He wants to — Kidd wants to be the Brooklyn Nets head coach next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Freshly retired NBA star Jason Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets’ head coaching job and his candidacy has been discussed within the highest levels of the organization, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Kidd has been talking with associates about the possibility of making the immediate leap from a Hall of Fame playing career to a head coaching job, and has been working to identify a staff of assistant coaches who could help him overcome the significant learning curve, sources said.

Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is the guy the Nets have had at the top of their target list, but both the Clippers and Nuggets also are very interested in him.

Kidd just retired after a Hall of Fame 19-year career, and he spent his best years with the Nets Kidd was the All-Star point guard who led the Nets to a couple NBA Finals appearances (where they lost to the Lakers and Spurs). He still has strong ties to the organization.

It is a big jump, but Kidd can point to Mark Jackson, who never coached and was a broadcaster who took over the Golden State Warriors and helped turn that franchise around. But catching lightning in a bottle like that twice would be hard.

  1. tombstone7 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Lenny Wilkens & Bill Russell both were both player/coaches during their illustrious careers…..Just do it!

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      I think they should give him the job and get
      a good veteran coaching staff around him.

  2. themagicfanguy - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    The dude already was a coach on the floor, I say give him a shot.

  3. JMClarkent - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    It would certainly be interesting, but I think he’d be better served as an assistant for a bit.

  4. adoombray - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    one situation where it might actually make sense. Can’t be any worse than Hornacek to Phoenix.

  5. storebrandcookies - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Most have to be an assistant coach and pay their dues there first, but if he can be a head coach right after he retires, more power to Kidd!

    Ha, what’s Marion doing in that pic?

  6. mz1394 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    He can coach players on how to beat their wives

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      I hope you wife beats you on the head so we can get you fixed.

  7. money2long - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    prokhorov has been saying from day one he wants the splashy signings.

  8. sdelmonte - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Someday. But I would say he needs to put in his time as an assistant. Which is what Shaw has done.

    But if Shaw and Karl go elsewhere and Hollins doesn’t move, you could do worse than Kidd.

  9. saint1997 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Nah I think he should start by being an assistant on the Knicks before going straight to head coach. Actually can he just coach wherever Eric Bledsoe ends up – he would the perfect mentor for Eric’s skill set

  10. ocgunslinger - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    He is certainly capable of making the transition. He has always been a coach on the floor and would certainly have the respect of the current players. Go for it and I wish him the best.

  11. lakerslegacy2432 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    the guys who said he was coach playing your exacty right!!! y not give him a shot all these pro sport organizations dont do anything but recycle these old coaches give some new guys an opp

  12. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Being a point-guard of his caliber, he definitely would be a good candidate for a head coaching position somewhere in the relatively near future, but I believe it would be best for Kidd to pay his dues somewhere as the Assistant Coach for a season or 2 at the very least. He knows a lot more about what is expected of an NBA caliber coach than most people, but he should learn exactly what it is like to lead a group of men both on and off the court, managing their personalities, and dealing with all the financial nuances of the job of Head Coach. It takes practice to be a good coach as well.

  13. newyorkfootballjets - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I hate the nets but i have to say this is your best chance at doing something with this roster. D will will never get to the finals Though so stop it Brooklyn fans he is not a superstar he just acts like one with his coach killer pre-madonna attitude

  14. samonelastains - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    He would work good as an assistant coach to Brian Shaw. Can provide some guidance to DWill to help him lead his team further. I mean tell me that doesn’t sound interesting

  15. gmsingh123 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    What a Kidder.

  16. 13arod - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    i agree maybe he will be a hall of fame coach too

  17. LPad - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I hate to nitpick, but I would have used a picture were Marion isn’t groping himself in the background.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      nice ……………

  18. lyoung27 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    No offense to Jason Kidd. But I thnk they should give Patrick Ewing a chance ! He’s a New York legend and he has paid his dues as a assistant couch. It only makes since !

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