Veteran NBA star Jason Kidd will be swapping his basketball shorts for suit pants as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced Wednesday night.
There has been much speculation surrounding the 40-year-old who was tossed into a mix of possible contenders for the position. He recently announced his retirement as a player after clocking in 19 years in the league.
"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 days," said Kidd. "Championship teams 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."
The decision to make Kidd head coach came after the team met with their other pick Brian Shaw, currently the Indiana Pacers' lead assistant coach, for five hours, ESPN reports. Though Shaw made a strong case during the interview, Kidd was able to win over Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his advisers despite having no prior coaching experience.
Kidd will be formally introduced with his new title at a 2 p.m. ET news conference Thursday at Barclays Center.
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