There are risk with this move of making Jason Kidd head coach, but there are risk when you hire a coach even an experienced one. But the Nets are going into this eyes open wide. But this move risks and all gives the Nets instant buzz, instant attention away from the Knicks at least for now. Other than Doctor J, the next most popular and important Net has returned to the franchise to lead it back to the NBA finals that as a player he led the Nets in 2002-03. I do wonder what message it send to other coaches who have asprirations of being a head coach, like a Patrick Ewing, or a Brian Shaw, ex players who have put time in as assistants only to get beat out by someone who retired 2 weeks ago and then becomes a head coach.
The Nets are happy with the hire and that is what is important.
”Jason Kidd embodied everything that we were looking for,” Nets general manager Billy King said. ”One thing people always thought about Jason is he was somebody who always worked hard and that’s a sort of thing I think will translate into coaching. Does he have a learning curve? Yes. I think if you know Jason, he doesn’t take something and want to be good at it, he wants to be great.”
”In my meeting with him he talked about our team,” King said of his discussion with Kidd. ”He knew the personnel. When I talked about how he would use them in certain ways, how he would defense, how he would operate offensively, he said, ‘What I want to do, I want to get uptempo, I want to get the ball moving.”’
The next order of business for the Nets after putting together Kidd’s coaching staff is to figure out this roster going forward and decide how to improve this team. Does Billy King tweek the roster or does he shake it up? Or does he leave it the same?
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I guess it speaks to how smart of a player Jason Kidd is. Brian Shaw and Patrick Ewing might be choked though. Nice post.
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