Posted June 12, 2013

Nets hire Jason Kidd as head coach

Ben Golliver, Billy King, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, Mikhail Prokhorov
(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

The Nets and Jason Kidd are reportedly working on a four-year deal. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

The Nets announced Wednesday the hiring of Jason Kidd as their next head coach less than 10 days after the 10-time All-Star announced his retirement.

“On behalf of the Nets organization, I am very pleased to welcome Jason Kidd as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets,” Nets GM Billy King said in a statement. “Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience. This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach, as he embodies the tough, smart and team-first mentality that we are trying to establish in Brooklyn.”

Yahoo! Sports reported earlier Wednesday that the Nets and Kidd were closing in on a four-year contract that may include a team option on the final year. ESPN.com reported that the Nets have opted to make Kidd their next head coach and informed Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, also a finalist for the position, that he was no longer in the mix. SI.com’s Chris Mannix confirmed that the two sides were finalizing a deal.

“Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said. “He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.”

Kidd, 40, retired last week after a 19-year NBA career with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets and Knicks. Kidd led the Nets to the 2002 and 2003 Finals and won a title with the 2011 Mavericks.

“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,” Kidd said. “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.”

Kidd, the No. 2 pick in the 1994 draft after earning All-America honors as a sophomore at Cal, played for the Mavericks, Suns, Nets and Knicks. The 1995 co-Rookie of the Year finishes with career averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals. Kidd made the All-NBA first or second team six times and the All-Defensive team nine times. He also won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics and he received the NBA’s sportsmanship award twice.

“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.”

Regarded as one of the greatest all-around point guards in NBA history, Kidd ranks No. 2 all time in assists and steals, trailing only Jazz Hall of Fame guard John Stockton in both categories. He retired having earned more than $187 million in contracts.

“I think it is the right time,” Kidd told ESPNNewYork.com last week. “When you think about 19 years, it has been a heckuva ride. Physically, I want to be able to participate in activities with my kids, so it has taken a toll. It is time to move on and think about maybe coaching or doing some broadcasting.”

Brooklyn fired former coach Avery Johnson back in December after a 14-14 start. Assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo was promoted to interim coach for the balance of the season, but Prokhorov and King opted not t0 retain Carlesimo after the Nets lost their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series to the Bulls in seven games.

The Point Forward ranked Brooklyn’s job as the most attractive position back in May.

Kidd join a long list of first-time NBA head coaches hired this summer: Lakers assistant Steve Clifford is now the coach of the Bobcats, Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer will become the head coach of the Hawks after the Finals are completed, Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek is now the coach of the Suns and Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone is now the coach of the Kings.

29 comments
muser
muser

"Ive never coached a game in my life, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night..

CucamongaKing
CucamongaKing

Hope HE has players that are pains in the arrse to deal with AND demand a trade if the team is not run the way he wants.

It is kind of like the girl teen that the Mom says, just you wait, in the future you will have a girl teen.

Doesn't he have a record for smacking his wife.   I wonder if I could have that on my resume and still get hired.

6marK6
6marK6

Hire some experienced assistants and delegate what needs delegating. 90% of it is having more talent.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

I dont see what all the hate is about. He has a high basketball iq and is close enough removed from the game, he can command the respect of the players as having been there and done that, hell he could even put on a uniform and be a player coach. I personally would have gone with Brian Shaw but not a terrible hire. And for those pointing out his zero experience as coach, of course he will have two top assisstants with previous. Aside from Gregg Popovich, head coaches are no more than figureheads, its the assisstants that make the wheels go round.

sugaslim
sugaslim

3 YEARS AND KIDD WILL B DONE. SO MUCH FOR SPENDING RETIREMENT WITH HIS KIDS. I GUESS ITS HARD TO STAY OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN YOUVE BEEN USED TO IT FOR THE PAST 19 YEARS

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

The Nets big 3 are overpaid B-listers, nobody can coach them to go far into the playoffs.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

He better have a great staff around him to help him make the transition. He should have at least two assistants who have been head coaches before. He better be ready. 

6marK6
6marK6

Has anybody watched Spoelstra? All the guy does is espouse Zen parables and look like a deer in the headlights. And he could be winning his second ring in two years.

DJL329
DJL329

Jason presses big, red button:  "That was easy."

RobertFegley
RobertFegley

Jason Kidd was a total class act as a player, great team guy, smart player, I could go on and on, loved the guy...but NO coaching experience whatsoever, TEN DAYS retired as a player and they make him the head coach??? Really??? Somehow this seems to be an awful lot about box office, hiring a beloved Nets hero to excite fans and get butts in the seats...

frangooch32
frangooch32

This will be a disaster. Kidd against Popovich, Rivers, et al? Please.

6marK6
6marK6

Knows the game and players respect him, why not?

Horstradamus
Horstradamus

Wow.... he's been retired an entire week and zero coaching experience. Good call nets and good luck.

SteveFischer
SteveFischer

Kidd  is more more of a motivator than Carlisimmo -he see's the floor better too. I wish he would go back and coach for Cal but who can blame him.   Kidd will be fine- he's had some hard times -anyone who went to Cal can tell you about the miserable b--th he had to live with for years.  WHen female fans would cheer too loudly for Jason, she would get in their face.

KenKing
KenKing

I mean no offense to Jason Kidd. He is one of the best PG ever. But is he really an improvement over Carlesimmo? I hope he has some brilliant assistants lined up.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@muserHowever, unlike you, Jason Kidd has played a few games in the NBA.   And he stays at better hotels.

geewhiz
geewhiz

@sugaslim YEA THE NERVE OF THIS GUY IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!! ALSO I HAVE A CAPS LOCK KEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Action
Action

@sugaslim Do you personally know Jason Kidd?  After 19 years as a point guard in the NBA, I think it's safe to say he knows a few things about round ball.  I have no idea if he'll be a great coach, but he certainly deserves a chance.  He made nearly $200 million, so if he wants to coach instead of playing golf, he clearly has the right to pursue his next career.

CucamongaKing
CucamongaKing

Tool. I want to send it to u and see if you know the difference between AND and the word AN

Read a book for once in your life.

doghockey
doghockey

@Action He has no right to coach.  The Nets have no right to hire him.   Instead, everyone involved must listen to the caps lock using, cyber-screaming keyboard jockeys who apparently have the ability to see into the future.   Why should an organization be allowed to think outside the box, when there are a bunch of retread coaches with bad track records, or assistant coaches who never played the game but have "put in their time", available for hire?   After all, this is not about coaching to Jason Kidd.  Apparently it is only about him stroking his own ego.

CucamongaKing
CucamongaKing

How's that book coming. Which part tool ? U want me to try beating my wife ? I once was at a dinner party in Los Angeles and said, we should pull all troops out of Afghanistan.

Remember if I say it, I gotta try it. I'm running for president in 2016.

I evening need the tool vote.

We ONLY take yeggs what's been to college, ain't that right, Dane? Ha-ha-ha-ha- ha-ha! ..

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@CucamongaKing Way to go!  You got me.  It is hard to hide from the spelling/error geeks that infest the www.   Back to my thought in the previous post:  Why don't you try it and report back. (see how I slid that d in there?)