Jun 11, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT
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.
Jun 2, 2015, 9:11 PM EDT
Hoiberg spoke at length about the importance of pacing and rest at his introductory press conference.
Jun 2, 2015, 8:15 PM EDT
How will Golden State use Speights and Festus Ezeli?
Jun 2, 2015, 7:15 PM EDT
Miami is using its leverage but playing a dangerous game
Jun 2, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT
I think Love stays in Cleveland. Wade on the other hand…
Jun 2, 2015, 5:39 PM EDT
This was expected but now is official.
Jun 2, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT
I think Gentry.
Jun 2, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
Stephen Curry is a slight favorite to win Finals MVP over LeBron James.
Jun 2, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
“Truly, from the eye test, he’s the greatest there’s ever been.” —Steve Nash on Stephen Curry
Jun 2, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
Pierce can opt out of the final year of his Wizards contract to become an unrestricted free agent.
Jun 2, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT
Jun 2, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT
Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were cleared to return recently under questionable circumstances.
Jun 2, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT
Cleveland has plenty of options, few – maybe none – good
Jun 2, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Evan Fournier makes the list, but LeBron James does not.
Jun 2, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT
Mudiay would like to slide into the top five.
Jun 2, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT
Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green will all see time on James, but will it be enough?
Reporter unsuccessful at baiting LeBron James into discussing possibility of Dwyane Wade leaving Heat in free agency
Jun 2, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
This is why players are guarded with the media, and often times speak in clichés.
Jun 2, 2015, 9:20 AM EDT
Few current players are as well-qualified as Wade to play the role of analyst during the Finals.
Jun 2, 2015, 8:40 AM EDT
A certain play against the Celtics in the playoffs somehow missed the cut.
Jun 2, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT
The defensive end of the floor is where the Pelicans need the most improvement.
Jun 2, 2015, 1:53 AM EDT
Hope she doesn’t mind moving, he could be traded this summer.
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