KIDD’S COMPETITIVE FIRE WILL TRANSFORM FROM PLAYER TO COACH IN BROOKLYN
Added by Matthew Hochberg on June 15, 2013.
The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their head coach on Wednesday, just ten days after he retired from the game as a player. He will be replacing interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who was not retained after a first-round playoff exit. Despite his lack of coaching experience, the Nets organization believes he is the right fit.
“Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.”
During his playing career, Kidd spent more than six seasons with the Nets, averaging close to a triple-double with 14.6 points, 9.1 assists, and 7.2 rebounds. He led them to two straight NBA Finals appearances in 2002 – 03, and the Nets hope now that Kidd can lead the team to dominance in the Eastern Conference once again.
“Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience,” General Manager Billy King said in a statement. “This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach, as he embodies the tough, smart and team-first mentality that we are trying to establish in Brooklyn.”
Kidd was selected over Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who reportedly met with King for close to five hours on Wednesday before coming to a decision. Kidd also has a positive relationship with star point guard Deron Williams, which was essentially a job requirement for any prospective head coach in Brooklyn.
“I’m excited about the ways he’s going to help me as a player and a leader,” Williams said. “He’s about winning, and I am, too. And that’s all that matters,” he added.
Only time will tell whether or not this gutsy coaching hire will translate into success on the court. Time, however, is ticking on Prokhorov’s five-year goal to win a championship, which he set back in May of 2010. Tick, tock Nets, tick, tock…