According to the Kevin Love-baiter over at Yahoo! Sports (and everyone else at this point) the rumors of the Nets seeking to pluck former franchise point guard Jason Kidd out of retirement before he sat in on his first game of shuffleboard.
Mark Jackson gets mention as a recent-retiree with zero experience getting handed a coaching job, but Kidd’s been a player-coach for years now. This is almost like Bill Russell’s Celtics except, you know, the titles and all that makes up the Celtics dynasty and stuff that didn’t happen in New Jersey.
The possibility of Lawrence Frank getting hired as a lead assistant actually brings back memories of Jason Kidd having Byron Scott run out of town in favor of Frank. Both those guys, for all of the success they’ve had, could be viewed as assistant coaches the last time they were paired with Kidd.
Whatever. We’ll see if this is a better hire than Maurice Cheeks in Detroit.
A news conference to introduce Kidd in Brooklyn will happen on Thursday. Kidd’s contract is expected to be guaranteed for three seasons with a possible fourth-year team option, league sources said.
Kidd, 40, will make the leap out of a Hall Fame playing career and onto the bench next season. It’s a daring move for the Nets that promises to energize their fan base. Kidd is a revered figure in the franchise’s wayward history, and the revelation of his candidacy has inspired the public’s enthusiasm.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King have been strong advocates of Kidd’s candidacy, pursuing the kind of high-profile – if risky and unorthodox – hiring that they had sought throughout the search process. The success ofGolden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has served as a blueprint for how the Nets think Kidd can grow into the job.
The Nets missed on traditional coaching stars Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers and ultimately landed on a superstar player whom they project will evolve into a good coach.
King met with another finalist, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, for 4½ hours on Wednesday in New York. Once that meeting had ended, the Nets moved to finalize the agreement with Kidd.
Kidd is working to secure the services of two key assist coaches – Lawrence Frank and Tim Grgurich – to join his staff. With no coaching experience, Kidd will need to lean heavily on the coaches he hires to surround him.