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Report: Nets negotiating with Kidd to be coach but no deal yet; Nets meeting with Shaw

Jun 12, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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

It’s not a done deal yet.

It’s close, the Brooklyn Nets are deep in negotiations with Jason Kidd on a three-year contract, something reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Brian Geltzeiler of While both of them say a contract has been offered, the negotiations are still ongoing and nothing is locked in yet.

The Nets are not acting like it is done — as of 11 a.m. Eastern the Nets were sitting down with Brian Shaw, who they flew out to the East Coast, to talk about their head coaching job, according to several sources.

Shaw has interest from the Clippers (where he interviewed Tuesday) and the Nuggets as well.

Still, things seem to be moving fast with Kidd and an announcement could come in the next day or two.

Kidd would be jumping straight from a Hall of Fame NBA career into coaching. No doubt Kidd the player has a great basketball IQ and understanding of the game and how to play it well.

But that is different than coaching — a lot of great players find it hard to pass along what they knew and understood instinctively to players who lack their gifts.

That is why Kidd, if hired, will have a staff headed by former NBA coach Lawrence Frank. A guy who has experience and understands the details of drawing up game plans, setting strategies then imparting that info on to players. But you can bet Frank doesn’t want to do all the work and get none of the credit.

This is going to be a big change for Kidd — much longer hours, much more dealing with the media and less time for play. Kidd has had the lifestyle of an NBA player for 19 years, a guy who had the kind of talent that meant teams overlooked indiscretions. That isn’t happening as a coach. Especially not with an owner who wants to win now.

This could work out — Mark Jackson, Doc Rivers, Pat Riley all made the leap without real coaching experience. But it is a risky move by the Nets that seems to be more about going after the name and making a splashy hire.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Props to J.Kidd… TNT or ESPN for him…..straight to coaching!

  2. 4thquartermagic - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    How do Nets fans feel about this?
    Or Deron Williams?

    Outside the box thinking for sure. Look forward to seeing it at play out.

  3. pistolpete0903 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Lol… Marion gushing at the size of his junk?
    Vanity much!!

  4. lmoneyfresh - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    How is King still employed? Don’t even look at the 2 playoff coaches out there, just hire the player who retired a week ago. How this guy gets an extension for so many awful moves is beyond me.

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      How King has remained an NBA GM for so long should get it’s own 30-for-30 on ESPN.

  5. Sports King of this world - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    This might just work

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      This might just blow up in their face too.

      • Sports King of this world - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        How so?

      • lmoneyfresh - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Uhhh, Kidd has never coached (assistant or otherwise) a single game in the NBA with a roster full of bloated contracts and an awful GM. Yeah, what bad could possibly happen.

  6. ans2034 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Agreed Imoneyfresh:

    I will be the first to applaud Kidd for his exceptional NBA career where it not only showed his basketball talent but his leadership skills off and on the court…but (its a big BUT) coaching is a whole other dimension of the game that Kidd I believe will do well with once he has been mentored under the wing of another coach for a couple of years.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Exactly. Assuming that on the court leadership will translate to head coaching ability is a stretch. Not saying it can’t happen but I can’t imagine the odds are in his favor.

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