Jason Kidd reaches an agreement with Brooklyn, will become Nets’ head coach
Day after day, reports circulated on Jason Kidd’s candidacy for the Brooklyn Nets coaching vacancy, becoming increasingly giddy or skeptical as the days passed. Well now it’s official – Jason Kidd will be the Nets’ new head coach.
Sources told Yahoo! Sports that Kidd and the Nets have reached an agreement in principle to send Kidd straight from Hall of Fame player to NBA head coach.
The Nets met with Brian Shaw Wednesday but ultimately decided to have Kidd lead the team.
The Nets have not yet signed assistant coaches, but are working to lock up Lawrence Frank and Tim Grgurich, two strong assistants who will be able to help Kidd develop and deal with the growing pains, according to the Yahoo! report.
ESPN reports that one of the main draws to Kidd is the impact he has on Deron Williams. According to the report, Kidd and Williams are close friends, with Kidd in the big brother role to Williams. While Williams may be jumping for joy, it will be interesting to see how Kidd handles any poor play by Williams, or if he needs to bench him. Though it may be no issue at all, if the time comes, it’s something to keep an eye on.
ESPN Stats and Info notes that, according to Elias Sports Bureau, Kidd is the first player to become a head coach immediately after the season since Mike Dunleavey (LAL 1990-91).