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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Jason Kidd wants to make it clear: his playing days are over.
The new Brooklyn Nets coach has heard the talk. There’s a date — in 2013-14 or perhaps the following season — when he’d be allowed to suit up on a 10-day contract and hit the court.
Don’t count on it.
“From what I hear, that can be (the case), I guess,” Kidd said Friday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “I’m not even thinking about playing. My uniform is in the trunk. There won’t be a uniform under my suit.”
Kidd, who retired last week after one season with the New York Knicks, was introduced as Brooklyn’s head coach on Thursday.
“I’m fully committed to coaching and coaching only,” he said.
Kidd’s Hall of Fame career as a player included runs in Phoenix, Dallas and New York, but he’ll be best remembered around here for leading the New Jersey-era Nets to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002-03.
Now he’s tasked with bringing the Nets back to the promised land. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov hasn’t been shy about wanting success — and quickly. Kidd played under Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, so having a demanding boss isn’t exactly new to him.
“I’m not comparing him to Cuban, but I would think that they’re very close,” said the 40-year-old rookie coach, who won a title with the Mavs in 2011. “They’re very competitive. They want to win. I got to see Cuban up close and what drives him, so I would think the same thing for Prokhorov.”
The play of All-Star point guard Deron Williams will obviously be key for Brooklyn. As for the player-coach relationship, Kidd stressed the importance of trust and communication.
“We do have a friendship, but this is also — he’s the player and I’m the coach,” Kidd said of Williams. “He’s got to trust that I’m doing the right thing, and I think he does.”
Kidd also spoke with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday:
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