1. He led the New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals. When the franchise resided across the Hudson River in New Jersey, an ambitious Kidd took the Nets to the 2002 and 2003 NBA Finals. His new determination to make Brooklyn’s basketball team one to be reckoned with will be a headline to follow for the 2013-2014 NBA season.
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2. His experience in the league has prepared him for this position.As an 18-year OG, Jason Kidd has studied the game of basketball from his championship tenure on the Dallas Mavericks to his retired position with the New York Knicks. The 40-year-old displayed his assist abilities and will carry his “team first” mentality to the Nets.
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3. He has a personal and professional relationship with team players.After Kidd was traded following six seasons with the NJ Nets, he maintained a positive relationship with not only the players, but with owner Mikhail Prokhorov, which should make the transition a little easier amongst Brooklyn’s loudest fans come game time.
"Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team,” Kidd said about the announcement. “I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career."
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4. Jason Kidd and Deron Williams’ relationship will be one to watch. Kidd on the sideline coaching and Williams on the court executing his plays has the potential to join the ranks of coach-player relationships like Pat Riley and Magic Johnson or Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan. Williams tweeted that he’s “excited” to play under his new coach’s guidance and the pair’s solid relationship could lead to great victories.
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