Brooklyn Nets hire Jason Kidd as new head coach
After rumors spread earlier Wednesday, Jason Kidd has officially been hired as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Often considered one of the most intelligent basketball players, Kidd makes the transition after retiring two weeks ago.
Players don’t usually make such a quick transition to coaching. CBS Sports called it a leap of faith by the Nets who hope they have the pieces together to make another run at the NBA Championship, something Kidd didn’t accomplish during his seven seasons with the Nets as a player.
Jason Kidd spoke about his new position with the Nets in a news release.
“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 day,” quoted USA Today from Kidd’s remarks. “Championships 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.”
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov both expressed their confidence in Kidd’s ability as a coach and seem to feel he is the right man to take the Nets to the next level. They had interviewed Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw earlier in the day Wednesday as planned, but decided to go forward with the hiring of Kidd. However, Shaw will most likely continue to get offers from other teams’ coaching vacancies.
The hiring reunites Jason with a franchise of which he was once a big part, as well as a friend of his in Nets guard Deron Williams. He tweeted at Kidd his excitement and confidence in Kidd being his new coach.
— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) June 13, 2013
Good luck, Jason.