Sunday, June 9, 2013

Jason Kidd wants Nets head coaching job

Jason Kidd's Hall of Fame career came to an end last week when he announced his retirement from the NBA. It didn't take long for Kidd to shift his focus from playing to coaching. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Kidd has his sights set on the Brooklyn Nets' vacant head coaching job, and his candidacy has been discussed within the highest levels of the organization.

According to sources, Kidd has already begun looking for a staff of assistants that can help him adjust to the differences between playing and coaching.

The Nets have been reportedly interested highly in Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, and he is apparently the leading candidate for the job. The Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets have also expressed interest in Shaw. 

Kidd's ties to the organization are still existent. His strong relationship with Nets superstar point guard Deron Williams is very much notable. And the fact that Jason Kidd once revived the bottom-feeding New Jersey Nets to an instant championship contender makes him a popular choice, even if his experience is non-existent. But Kidd has played an on-court coaching role his entire career. So the only difference will be that he will be on the sidelines running the show for all 48 minutes. 

Hiring Kidd would be very risky for the Nets. But given his place among leaders in NBA history, hiring Kidd would be the smart choice for Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King. Kidd has been recognized as one of the smartest players to ever touch the basketball court. His presence on the court lead his team to the NBA Finals three times. Though he won't be on the court leading the team, the same presence will be felt while he's coaching from the sidelines. Hiring Kidd could turn out to be beneficial for Deron Williams as well. Playing under one of the best point guards in NBA history could be just what Deron needs, as he will be able to learn from the best. 

Hiring the likes of Brian Shaw would be just as risky as it would be to hire Kidd. The difference is the Shaw has the experience behind the great Phil Jackson, and Kidd has the on-court coaching experience. If I'm Billy King, I'm headed in the Jason Kidd direction. Good point guards have had success as head coaches in the league, looking at Mark Jackson as the number one example. So how would a great point guard do as a head coach? I guess we may just have to wait to find out. 

Source: Yahoo! Sports

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