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Jason Kidd to begin coaching career with Nets at Orlando’s Summer League

Jun 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Former NBA basketball star Kidd speaks at a news conference to announce him as the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team in Brooklyn Reuters

The hiring of Jason Kidd to be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets raised some eyebrows around the league, mainly due to his complete lack of coaching experience at any level in the past.

LeBron James wasn’t concerned that it would be an issue, citing the success of Mark Jackson with the Warriors who entered the coaching ranks under similar circumstances. But the reality is, there are some fundamentals that must be picked up by anyone looking to thrive in a new position.

Kidd will attempt to start gaining that experience as soon as possible, beginning with Summer League in Orlando this July.

From Roderick Boone of Newsday (via HoopsHype):

“I think it’s the best thing to get right into it,” Kidd said on ESPN Radio. “I know that a lot of times head coaches don’t coach summer league. But this gives me time to work on different parts of the game, learning to be a coach, also my philosophy and plays and the defensive stuff that I’ll get to put in as my system.

“So, I get to see if it works. If it doesn’t work, [then see] what changes I have to make and work from there.”

Summer League is a time when head coaches around the league usually turn things over to their assistants, while observing from afar as their team’s bench players and freshly drafted rookies are gaining some valuable exposure to real basketball situations.

Kidd needs to spend time learning the basics of his new profession, too, so Summer League seems like as good a place as any to get started.

  1. anhdazman - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    This is not Charlotte or Sacramento he’s starting his coaching career with. This is a playoff contending team ready to take the next step. If the Nets regress this next season, you can’t help but think Kidd inexperience would be the reason why they failed.

    Wait and see….

    • 24thesho - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      If Net regress next season it will be because they were wack already, not because of Kidd.

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