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Report: Kidd “strong frontrunner” for Nets job; Stan Van Gundy not sold on move

Jun 11, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

Jason Kidd AP

When it was first floated that Jason Kidd could step right off the floor into the role of head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, there was a whole lot of “are you sure about that?” Stan Van Gundy still feels that way (we’ll get to that later).

But the Nets are apparently getting very serious — the words “serious frontrunner” were used by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Nets ownership has told league associates that it wants a “fresh face,” as coach, and the hiring of Kidd would give them a star quality that comes with significant risk for a franchise with a mandate to compete for championships in the short term.

The Nets had long been rumored to be interested in Brian Shaw and they are going ahead with that interview, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kidd just retired last week from the Knicks after a Hall of Fame 19-year NBA career. He won a title as part of the 2011 Dalas Mavericks.

Stan Van Gundy isn’t sold on the idea of Kidd stepping off the court into the coaching ranks. SVG was on the Amani & Eytan show on NBC Sports Radio and was no fan of this move.

“There are so many people out there who have great experience in coaching,” Van Gundy said. “To go for a guy who has never coached anywhere at any level to me is mind boggling. And, if you decide to do that as a front office guy, your job will be on the line and should be on the line if it doesn’t work out.”

Thing is, ownership seems to be driving this, so who is going to take the fall?

Three quick thoughts from me.

1) If you really wanted Shaw and you knew you had competition from the Clippers (and maybe Nuggets) to get his services, wouldn’t creating demand for the job to force him to make a quicker decision be the smart play? I’m not saying that’s what is happening, Wojnarowski knows his stuff here, I’m just saying there is some logic there.

2) The ability of Kidd to pull a Mark Jackson — go from no coaching experience to winning — will be all about the assistant coaches. Mark Jackson had Mike Malone (who the Kings just hired away) and the very respected Darren Erman, among others. Kidd’s staff is going to be built around Lawrence Frank, which is a good call. But Frank has been a head coach, he doesn’t want to do all the work and get none of the credit.

3) Kidd has had his share of off-the-court indiscretions over the course of his career, including a DWI accident last year (a charge he fought). When you are a star player those are swept under the rug because your talent is not easily replaced. That is not the case as coach. It’s long hours and a lifestyle change and he should know that and needs to be ready to commit to it.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    1.Brian Shaw
    2.Jason Kidd

  2. mz1394 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Kidd should start coaching in the wnba that way if a player gets out of line he could just beat them like he did his wife

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      I literally laughed out loud..pretty sure my whole office heard that one.

    • themars211 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      “he who is without sin cast the first stone” John 8:7

    • badintent - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      .Ever think that she had it coming ? A hoe is a hoe is a hoe. Road trip work both ways for a couple. She could have been cheating on him or spending his money like busted|Or Both .Kidd was never a thug on the court, no bar fights, no nightclub dustups, no common sense reason to think that he was looking for some beatdown at home.Go out to a nightclub, takes you 10 minutes to meet some coke up trash talking hoes.Lets see what happens when they get in your face ,if you duck and run or you stand your ground.

      • magicrat13 - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        and an idiot is an idiot is an idiot…

  3. coache15 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Reblogged this on coachethatsme and commented:
    Well, at least he wouldn’t have to move very far. Jason Kidd in the runnings for the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job. Although extremely qualified after an ungodly amount of years as a player in the NBA, I’m not sure Kidd is ready to coach a team, when he was in that same position just a year prior.

    • mytthor - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Thanks for the update. I like to check the comments section on this site to stay abreast of comments on other sites.

  4. jhb64 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Once again the nets like the mets will be the joke when they fire Kidd. How about Terry Collins

  5. pmx8411 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I think he should be a player/coach!! Ala Bill Russel back in the day! Play one quarter and coach the rest hahahahah i am trippin today

  6. cubb1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Kidd would be a train wreck as coach. The over/under on when the Nets fire him would probably be 20 games.

    • mytthor - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Care to explain why you think this? I mean he’s obviously one of the more intelligent players in league history, and very unselfish. Hard worker. Great leader, would command the respect of the players, etc…

  7. sportsnut101 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    If he can lead a team on the floor n put teammates in right spot to succeed. Why can’t he do same as coach. He would bring in veteran asst to help him. Remember Larry bird did same when he was coach

    I just like Brian shaw as a better fit due to the triangle might work with nets.

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