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Jason Kidd’s plan to hire Lawrence Frank has Nets taking him ‘seriously’ as head-coaching candidate

Jun 10, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach.

Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching  – head or assistant – experience.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Maybe Kidd is ready to be a great coach at this very moment, but the Nets are in position where they shouldn’t have to take that chance. They should be able to lure a coach with proven quality track record now, and if Kidd demonstrates competency as an assistant (in Brooklyn or elsewhere), they could always turn to him down the road.

Lawrence Frank, just fired by the Pistons after a rather poor two-year stint in Detroit and owner of a career 279-335 career record, certainly shouldn’t give the Nets much reason to consider Kidd, either. If you’ll hire someone as a head coach only if he has a good enough assistant, that’s probably a sign you shouldn’t hire that person as head coach.

  1. reesesteel23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I’m not sure what to think of this……..at all

    • romoscollarbone - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      It’s all a bit much.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      it’s really exciting to me.

  2. glink123 - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Given the success of Mark Jackson, I’m sure the Nyets are looking to catch the next hot PG head coach. Not sure what Kidd brings, ahead of Brian Shaw, who is already a proven commodity as an assistant coach. You’d think they’d already have learned after the Avery Johnson experiment that they need a proven coach.

  3. money2long - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    deron williams’ idol, jason kidd. this could potentially be something special if it goes down.

  4. Kevin S. - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Yeah, I’m not sure I would have gone this way. If they really wanted Jason Kidd, he should be hired as a lead assistant to a coach who only wants to be around for a couple of years – Jerry Sloan comes to mind – so he can be groomed to take over down the road. Barring that, the best move is still Brian Shaw, IMO,

  5. franklinandbashandflorio - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Once a wife beater always a wife beater.

    • dangernearing - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Once a moron always unemployed.^^

    • j365k - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      You should know.

  6. mdub11 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Mark Jackson was a point guard with zero coaching experience. Not saying this is a great move on the Nets part, but it might not be as bad as everyone is saying.

  7. bifford - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Not a bad idea. Kidd’s the motivator and Frank is the X and O guy.

  8. much6in23the24clutch7 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Hope this happens. Would love to see Kidd on the bench again even if head coaching isn’t a strong suit for him. Perfect fit for Brooklyn

  9. deadeyedesign23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Brian Shaw is my top pick just because I think the Nets are suited to run the triangle, but I don’t see many other coaches out there to be honest. If its someone like Lionel Hollins or Kidd I’d rather take a chance on Kidd.

  10. jadaruler - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I can see Avery at home rubbing the stab wounds in his back from Jason and Deron. Aver nods and says, “They deserve each other.”

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      ” E tu Brutus ?”

  11. fventricle - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    player coach?

  12. bloodisred - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I’m tired of seeing the same coaches fired and recycled. It’s time for some new blood at the top … the recycled guys can fill in as assistants and advisors.

  13. dangernearing - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    I actually like that they aren’t going the route of a recycled/failed coaching hire. They had their shot, now let some new/young blood get a crack at it.

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