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LeBron likes Jason Kidd’s chances to succeed as Nets’ new head coach

Jun 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — The Nets announced the hiring of Jason Kidd as their new head coach on Wednesday, and while there are legitimate questions as to whether he can make the transition so quickly from player to coach, the reaction has been mostly positive.

Go ahead and count LeBron James among the believers.

Speaking before the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Spurs, James couldn’t have been happier for Kidd, and believes that his experience and his personality are well-suited to take on this new challenge.

“I think it’s amazing, honestly,” he said. “J-Kidd is unbelievable, one of the best teammates I ever played with — on the ’08 Olympic team, he was one of the best friends I would have, on and off the floor. He’s a student of the game. His basketball IQ is crazy and I think it’s going to make it an easy transition for him to be a coach. It’s a great thing for him.”

Kidd obviously comes into the role without any prior coaching experience, having retired from the game as a player less than two weeks before securing his new position. But James pointed to another former player who entered the coaching profession under similar circumstances when talking up Kidd’s chances for success.

“It’s going to be a transition, but I don’t know,” James said. “He doesn’t know. It’s the first time for him, but it was the same with Mark Jackson. He had never patrolled the sideline either, but look at the great work he’s done in Golden State. You play the game and you’re smart, I think it can make the transition much easier for you. And he’s not inheriting a bad team, he’s inheriting a good team. So that makes the job easier, too.”

James seemed so positive about Kidd’s potential to do well in his new career choice that it was only natural to wonder if he himself might be interested in one day becoming a head coach. But being in the prime of his career, the question came as a bit of a surprise.

“Me, coach?” James asked, with a smile. “I’m 28 years old. I’ve got a lot of time to think about that.”


  1. kingbeason52 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I don’t think this will end well..he has no track record of handling adversity from a management point-of-view..and the Nets are expected to contend for a championship now. He will have no time to learn the ropes of coaching..

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      wtf are you talking about, this makes no sense, stop thinking stupid things
      and typing and posting it here.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Windhorst just finished his “LeBron to New Jersey in ’14” article.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      We all know it won’t happen. LBJ is not going anywhere, and the Nets have cap issues.

      But admit it. You were picturing the best player in the world in NYC, weren’t you? And either hating him more, or loving the idea of him tormenting the Knicks just by living in Brooklyn, or even trying to figure out if he could co-exist with D-Will. And you know he would probably like to have Brook Lopez around.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        I was totally kidding. Windhorst has a different “LeBron is leaving Miami” article just about every other day.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        why would LeBron choose Brooklyn over Knicks, the Knicks signed off
        on Nets going to Brooklyn because they will never have to compete with
        Brooklyn for fans. I live in Brooklyn and my team is still the Knickerbockers.
        Imagine if James had signed on to be on Broadway, he would have BIGGER.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      The big 3 will be broken up when their contracts expire, no way Arrison is paying over 100 million in luxury tax. It will probably be Bosh who is traded, no way LeBron leaves.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Great hire by the Nets. Now they have a better coach, owner & pg than the Knicks, unfortunately for them that’s all they have better.

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