Jason Kidd To Be Nets’ Head Coach?
After announcing his retirement, 10-time NBA all-star Jason Kidd may not be dropping the ball just yet.
The Brooklyn Nets have been scrambling to supply a head coach, looking to Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins and former Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles among others, but it seems Kidd is being tossed into the mix as well, the NY Daily News reports.
The former Net, who played on the New York Knicks last season, announced his retirement after playing 19 years in the league.
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said. “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”
Considered one of the smartest players in the league, it seems like a no-brainer, mirroring the career moves of Avery Johnson, who coached the Dallas Mavericks after retiring in 2004 and subsequently the Nets in 2010.
“When you’ve played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he’s pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told the nationwide publication of Kidd’s rumored candidacy while at the NBA Finals. “So he does have experience. If he’s crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league, I wish him all the best. But he certainly has the intuitive skills to know what’s going on out there.”
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