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Congratulations are in order for former NBA superstar Jason Kidd. Kidd is the newest member of the coaching staff for the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame after playing 18 seasons of strong basketball. He went into the NBA earlier than most at that time, leaving after his sophomore year. He hasn’t turned back, playing some of the best basketball in the league, year-after-year.
Kidd has never coached on any level, so the decision to make him the head coach is a strange and risky one. Others are being critical of the decision, since there are veteran coaches available, including: George Karl, Lionel Hollins and Byron Scott and after long-time NBA assistant coach Brian Shaw, all of whom were interviewed by the team.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days,” said the 40-year-old Kidd, who retired as a player earlier this month. “Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that’s how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career.” Read more:
Kidd’s hiring came after the Nets met with Shaw for five hours Wednesday. Sources told ESPN.com that although Shaw had been targeted by the Nets for some time and made a strong presentation during Wednesday’s interview, Kidd convinced Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his advisers that he is ready to jump directly into the lead seat on an NBA bench, despite his lack of prior coaching experience.
A source with knowledge of Kidd’s meetings with the Nets said the star point guard “didn’t just come in and puff out his chest. He got up on the board and drew up plays and showed he had command of what he wanted to do on offense. He had good knowledge of the personnel, and explained his philosophy.”