Less than 10 days after the 10-time All star announced his retirement, the Brooklyn Nets have named Jason Kidd their new head coach
The Brooklyn Nets have signed Jason Kidd three-year deal to be their new head coach.
Although Brian Shaw had been targeted by the Nets and made a strong presentation during the a five-hour interview, it was Kidd who convinced Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov that he is the right choice.
He got up on the board, drew up plays, and showed he had command of what he wanted to do on offense. He also showed good knowledge of the personnel, and explained his philosophy.
Another main draw to Kidd is the effect he has on Nets point guard Deron Williams, being close friends with the latter somewhat in the big brother role. With Kidd at the helm, they believe Williams will play at his optimum level.
Furthermore, Kidd has a future Hall of Famer's presence.
The 40-year-old Kidd, who retired as a player recently, will jump directly into the lead seat on an NBA bench despite the fact that he has no prior coaching experience.
"Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team, " said Kidd who admitted he has been studying to be a head coach over the course of his playing days.
Kidd renunites with the franchise he spent 6½ seasons with, leading them to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and '03, when they had their home base in New Jersey. He averaged 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game with the Nets, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories.
Former Nets and Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank has been tapped by Kidd to provide him with a lead assistant who can help compensate for his own lack of head-coaching experience.
The team did not retain P.J. Carlesimo despite the fact he went 35-19 after taking over for Avery Johnson this past season. They were beaten by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.
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